Toyota has been spotted testing a prototype for a redesigned C-HR.
The new subcompact crossover was previewed by the C-HR Prologue concept unveiled last December at a media briefing in Europe, and it's expected to make its debut later this year.
The prototype in our spy shots, though camouflaged, looks like a close match to the C-HR Prologue concept. The most striking feature is the vehicle's nose. It features wings at each side clamped by the headlights, a design Toyota calls the hammerhead face.
Toyota has previously confirmed the new C-HR will offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, just like the Prius.
Toyota C-HR Prologue concept
It isn't clear what platform underpins the vehicle but a possibility is Toyota's new E3 design announced in 2021. The E3 platform combines elements of Toyota's TNGA platform for gas-powered vehicles and the e-TNGA platform for dedicated EVs, enabling it to support both gas and electric powertrains. Therefore, adopting the E3 platform would mean the new C-HR could potentially also offer an electric powertrain.
Although the current C-HR is available in the U.S., the redesigned model may skip this market as Toyota replaces the nameplate with a production version of the fully electric bZ Compact SUV concept shown at the 2022 Los Angeles auto show. However, Toyota hasn't confirmed such a move.