Although unveiled in 2016, the Toyota C-HR continues to be popular with the public. Indeed, it always manages to place itself in the top 15 of the best-selling hybrid vehicles, and is even ahead of the ultrapopular Corolla in the general classification of registrations. A success that is easily explained given the many qualities of this urban SUV which combines style, dynamic behavior and moderate consumption, as revealed by our test.
For Toyota, on the other hand, renewing such a bestseller will not be easy. While waiting to discover the second iteration, which will arrive on our roads next year, the Japanese manufacturer is lifting the veil on a C-HR Prologue, an almost definitive sketch of what this new iteration should be.
To stand out, Toyota seems to have pushed the sophistication sliders with an even sharper style. The “hammerhead” stern features narrowed grille openings and slimmed-down headlights. The bodywork as a whole relies on the complexity of the shapes, with interplay of facets and body-built fenders. The profile of the roof remains closely aligned with that of the current C-HR, but the C-pillar of the Prologue has been moved back, perhaps to remedy one of the main flaws of the existing C-HR: a dark cabin in the rear. . On the other hand, no information has filtered for the moment on a modernization of the infotainment system, yet lagging behind the competition.
The Toyota C-HR Prologue also experiments more heavily with two-tone paint, popular with current C-HR customers. The gloss black finish now extends from the rocker panels to the end of the C-pillar, as the Aygo X offers. The Prologue also features on the roof spoiler a third color, sulfur, which will no doubt be offered as an option or on special editions.
In addition to a classic hybrid engine, the new Toyota C-HR will be available with a rechargeable hybrid engine with batteries assembled in Europe. This will undoubtedly be shared with the new Prius, thus using a 148 hp heat engine associated with a 160 hp electric motor, the whole developing a cumulative power of 223 hp. If this is the case, the 13.6 kWh battery could allow 80 km of autonomy.