toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, front view, high

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, rear view

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, dead-on front, close-up

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, front view

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, tri-colour details, rear

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, high view of hammerhead bonnet

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, front light and grille detail

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, side view

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

Toyota C-HR prologue, 2022, rear view. low

► Second-gen crossover concept► Will feature plug-in hybrid power
► Sharper looks, yet more practical design

The Toyota C-HR was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise when it launched in 2016. Product of Toyota’s European Design Development centre – ED2 – in France, its well-resolved SUV-coupe appearance and deeply honed driving experience set the tone for what Toyota has subsequently become over the last few years. This Toyota C-HR prologue concept previews the new one.

Which is, at least some of us think, genuinely exciting. For Toyota is no longer just a builder of exceptionally reliable cars but ones you might actually desire to own. And with ED2’s foot on the gas for this second-generation model, we could be in for further pleasantries here.

Hold on. I thought Peugeot’s ‘Coupe Franche’ colour schemes had died a death…

It’s tempting to write off the C-HR prologue’s blackened bottom end as some sort of concept-car fancy, but Toyota says this ‘tri-colour’ approach – the third being the ‘sulphur’ accent, most obvious on the roof spoiler – was conceived as an ‘option’ right from the very start of the project.

Use of option perhaps implying we might see something similar in production.

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

For make no mistake, this concept does pave the way towards a production version – Toyota describing it as ‘a first – but very real – vision of a car that will soon be turning heads on roads across Europe.’

Other notable details about the new design include the ‘hammerhead’ front end (check out the images looking down on the bonnet for an explanation of that one), smaller grilles and sleeker headlights. The entire thing is intended to appear ‘shark-like – keen and piercing, with a sense of being ready to surge forwards’, while as with the current C-HR there is also a heavy diamond theme.

Is it any roomier inside this time?

There are no pictures of the inside yet, but Toyota is promising a more practical space inside.

This despite efforts to also make the new C-HR into something visually sportier.

Any technical info on the new Toyota C-HR yet?

Nothing specific, but Toyota has explicitly revealed that the new C-HR will be offered as a plug-in hybrid – called the Toyota C-HR Plug-in – as well as in the present version’s self-charging hybrid form.

Even the latter is likely to get an upgrade to match the latest hybrid advances coming to the Corolla range in 2023.

There is, however, no word yet of a fully electric C-HR.

toyota c-hr prologue previews plug-in power and new look

As before, the new model will be built and developed in Europe with European tastes in mind.

More details as soon as we have them, but we’re anticipating seeing the production version before the end of 2023.

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