Redesigned Toyota C-HR previewed with plug-in hybrid concept


Toyota is working on a redesign for the C-HR subcompact crossover, and on Monday the automaker previewed the design with a thinly veiled concept version.

Unlike the fully electric bZ Compact SUV concept shown during November’s 2022 Los Angeles auto show, which also looks like it could be a future C-HR, the concept shown on Monday, dubbed the C-HR Prologue, is a hybrid.

Toyota said the C-HR Prologue is envisioned as having the option of a regular hybrid powertrain or a plug-in hybrid setup. The automaker went as far as to confirm that its redesigned C-HR will also offer both powertrain options, with the plug-in hybrid to use batteries sourced from Europe, at least for that market and possibly elsewhere.

Toyota C-HR Prologue concept

Toyota C-HR Prologue concept

The CH-R Prologue was designed by Toyota’s European design studio based in the south of France, the same studio responsible for the current CH-R. Standout elements include a three-tone paint job, and the nose section which features wings clamped at each end by the headlights. Toyota calls this the hammerhead face.

The automaker hasn’t mentioned any specs, although it said the cabin has more space than the current C-HR which has approximately 86 cubic feet.

Toyota said the redesigned C-HR is coming soon to European roads. The automaker hasn’t said whether we’ll see it reach the U.S.

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