The plug-in hybrid powertrain is not yet available in the United States, but we should get these new looks.
The current Toyota C-HR compact SUV was originally intended to be a Scion, but it arrived after that brand was discontinued if you have any memory of Toyota's ill-fated Scion brand, which was geared toward young drivers. As a result, the quirky design made it less roomy for passengers and had a weak engine. This made it a good choice for a first car for a teenager or college student because it was safe and affordable. It wouldn't be out of the question to think of it as a slightly elevated version of a standard hatchback. A new plug-in hybrid concept car for Europe suggests that the C-HR has endured long enough for a new generation.
The European Design Development headquarters of Toyota, referred to as ED2, is in charge of the design of the recently unveiled Toyota C-HR Prologue concept. Although it is only a concept at this point, Toyota stated that it is a "vision of a car that will soon be turning heads on roads all around Europe."
The new Prologue's design objective was to keep the original model's DNA while pushing it to be even more daring and sophisticated. It now has simpler yet powerful character lines, larger wheels, and shorter overhangs. The design is intended to be both "precise and organic" and reflect the dynamic range of contrast between the opposing values.
The brand's developing "Hammerhead" look, which is also featured on the new Toyota Crown sedan and Prius hatchback, is reflected in the brand's new front end design of interlocking shapes and lights, as well as slimmer headlight units and smaller grille openings. The tri-color livery now adds a flash of "sulphur" yellow over silver and carbon black, making the body language appear "diamond cut." The large contrast-colored sail panel behind the rear doors resembles a lot the new Kia Niro, but even if it's not completely original, it looks cool here.
According to the press release, the European-made hybrid and plug-in hybrid version of the C-HR Prologue will be offered overseas. The current C-HR produced in the United States comes from a Turkey-based manufacturing facility. The current generation's European 1.8-liter hybrid powertrains should continue to be available on non-plug-in models, while the newly introduced European plug-in will likely get its power from the Prius Prime, which has just been shown off.
The C-HR has sold reasonably well in the United States, with sales reaching a peak of over 49,600 units in 2018, decreasing to 48,930 units in 2019, 42,936 units in 2020.
"In the United States and Canada, Toyota will stop selling the C-HR starting with the model year 2022. We continue to be committed to the compact SUV market, and we are constantly reviewing our product line. We are giving buyers of compact SUVs multiple choices with the recent introduction of the Corolla Cross and Corolla Cross Hybrid, two great products that offer a great combination of utility and efficiency, and the best-selling RAV4.
The C-HR's non-hybrid 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain in the United States only produces 144 horsepower, so a hybrid upgrade would be nice. The Corolla Cross Hybrid appears to be sufficient for the time being.