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2017-09-14 08:40

Frankfurt - Toyota  announced plans to develop higher-performance versions of its hybrid technology for core models.

Hybrid C-HR

The significant announcement accompanied the world premiere of a striking hybrid concept car based on the C-HR SUV at the #Frankfurtmotorshow  in Germany.

Created by Toyota's European design studio ED2, the C-HR Hy-Power Concept explores a more "performance-focused hybrid powertrain as well as new ideas in colour, texture and trim," says Toyota SA.

The automaker says that the concept has been designed around the use of a new hybrid powertrain that offers more power and performance than the 90kW combined system output featured in Prius and European versions of the C-HR. Locally the C-HR is fitted with a 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine.

The Japanese automaker said more details regarding the significant and strategic future development of higher performance hybrid options would be revealed early next year.

The Toyota C-HR, which was launched locally in February, has enjoyed strong global sales success with its striking styling and a rewarding driving character, founded on its Toyota New Global Architecture-based (TNGA) platform.

Image: Motorpress

Image: Motorpress

ED2 chief designer Lance Scott said the design team did not want to make significant changes to the dramatic and highly distinctive design of the production car.

Scott said: "What we wanted to do was almost to purify or concentrate the unique value of the Toyota C-HR and see how we could give it further emphasis by using a new and unique colour and interior trim execution.

"The challenge was not to stray away from the qualities that define the Toyota C-HR, but to add to them in a fresh and original way."

Toyota has sold more than 10 million hybrids globally, with hybrid technology forming a cornerstone of Toyota’s long-term outlook and environmental strategy.

Image: Motorpress

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