Continuing the stream of Frankfurt debuts is the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept, which previews a more powerful hybrid version of the B-segment crossover. Think of it as a “hot” C-HR, if you will.

The Japanese giant has decided to release zero details of the new powertrain whatsoever, but to give you a refresher course, the standard C-HR Hybrid utilises the Prius‘ 1.8 litre VVT-i Atkinson-cycle engine that develops 99 PS at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm at 3,600 rpm. It’s mated to a 72 PS/163 Nm electric motor to deliver a total system output of 122 PS and a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.8 litres per 100 km.

Designers at Toyota’s European ED2 studio haven’t messed around with the sheetmetal to create a more aggressive look – in fact, the only real additions are massive 20-inch two-tone alloy wheels. Instead, the team has played with colour and trim to amplify the standard car’s already extroverted styling.

Inspiration was drawn from natural forces that turn carbon into diamond, as well as fiery molten cores that can appear inside solid rocks. To that end, there’s matte Dark Carbon silver paint that emphasises the sculpted surfaces, plus gloss black lower trim panels and dark chrome highlights in the headlights and on the side window trims and wheels.

Meanwhile, an anodised Burning Orange finish coats the headlight accent strips and the inserts of the black diamond mesh front grille, while the roof and door mirrors are wrapped in a faceted crystalline pattern that goes from black to orange and mixes matte and gloss finishes. The interior carries the theme with black leather seats with orange bolsters and headrests, plus orange quilting and decorative trim.

Closer to home, the C-HR is expected to be launched in Malaysia either later this year or early next year to do battle with the all-conquering Honda HR-V, powered by a 1.8 litre Dual VVT-i engine and a CVT. The car is being previewed at selected venues in Peninsular Malaysia, but you can check out a full photo gallery as well as our in-depth walk-around video tour.