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Toyota fully committed to hybrids

More hybrid powered Toyota’s on the way

toyota 2017 c-hr hybrid

They’ve championed hybrid technology since day one, now Toyota has reaffirmed its commitment to petrol/electric powertrains into the future.

The top-selling car brand in Australia has declared more of its models will be offered with hybrid powertrains in coming years, including, potentially, the recently-launched Toyota C-HR crossover.

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toyota c-hr hybrid concept
The concept features a “diamond-cut” film on the roof.

Toyota is showing the above hybrid concept car, described as being “based on the C-HR” at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

They say the concept, created by the Toyota design team in Europe, explores a more performance-focused hybrid powertrain as well as new ideas in colour, texture and trim.

Does that mean extra performance than a typical Toyota hybrid? Yes, according to Toyota.

They say 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.

European Toyota chief designer, Lance Scott said the concept was envisaged as an enhancement of the current C-HR.

“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.”

More Toyota Hybrids?

toyota c-hr hybrid concept
And the orange theme runs through to the interior.

Aside from the C-HR concept, no other models were mentioned for electrification – Toyota simply saying the concept “heralds an expansion of their hybrid program”.

Current models that feature hybrid tech in Australia include Prius, Camry, and Corolla.

Perhaps Toyota is hinting at a Yaris hybrid? HiAce hybrid? We’ll keep you updated as further details come to hand.

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