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This Toyota C-HR Prologue concept is a look at… the next Toyota C-HR

‘Shark-like’ looks to adorn second-generation hybrid crossover

Published: 05 Dec 2022

Toyota has revealed its intention to build a second-generation of its C-HR crossover, by building a car that reveals its intention to build a second-generation C-HR crossover. This is the Toyota C-HR Prologue.

And it looks about as production ready as a concept can get. Toyota says this car, designed by its European design centre in the south of France – is “still bold”, and offers up a more practical and spacious interior.

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Bold, yes. The front of the C-HR Prologue – and therefore the front of the next C-HR – is said called ‘hammerhead’; it calls on ‘interlocking shapes’, a unique light signature, smaller grille apertures and lights in order to make a “shark-like” appearance.

While there’s no mention of ‘follow-through’ or ‘Gambon’ in the design speak, Toyota has confirmed the next-generation C-HR will be offered as both a plug-in hybrid as well as a hybrid electric version. No more than that, sadly. The current C-HR only gets non-plug-in hybrid electric powertrains, where electricity is harvested via brakes.

Which means the full PHEV version should get a decent EV-only range, too. As well as striking looks. “Our mission was to dig deep, to go further than we’d ever gone before,” explains Toyota’s European design development centre director.

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“We’re really looking forward to delivering the new Toyota C-HR.”

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