The Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept has been revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with a new, more performance-focused hybrid powertrain – which is exactly what Green Car Guide wished for when we reviewed the Toyota C-HR. The new concept also has more distinctive styling (molten materials, such as lava, were the inspiration for creating the roof colour…), including larger 20-inch alloy wheels.
The concept has been designed around the use of a new hybrid powertrain that offers more power and performance than the 120bhp system featured in the current production Toyota C-HR. Toyota says that this reflects a significant and strategic future development of its technology that will see higher performance hybrid options being made available in all its core models. More details regarding this expansion of the hybrid powertrain range will be revealed early in 2018.
When we tested the Toyota C-HR it was obvious that the car had inherently good dynamics, but it was held back by the hybrid powertrain (the current hybrid version of the Toyota C-HR has a 75% share of the model’s sales in Europe). There was room for improvement with the C-HR’s acceleration, and as is typically the case with Toyota’s hybrid system mated to the CVT gearbox, there was lots of revs and accompanying noise under acceleration, but not very much increase in the rate of forward progress.
We concluded that Toyota should consider transplanting the 2-litre petrol boxer engine from the GT86 into the C-HR. Perhaps a more performance-focused hybrid will be the next best thing. But can improvements be made to the revviness of the hybrid system?