There is a distinction between "high-performance" and "higher-performance", the latter meaning more than current, but not so much as to be considered exceptional.

That's where the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power concept comes into the picture, described as a preview of the Japanese car maker's plans for a more sporting extension of its growing hybrid family.

For now, Toyota isn't saying exactly what sort of numbers we can expect from the Hy-Power - or indeed if it will actually go into production, but it expects to reveal more in early 2018.

At the least, though, the company has promised we'll see more power than the 90kW offered with the current CH-R Hybrid (albeit, not in Australia).

"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 and European versions of the C-HR. The C-HR for Australia is fitted a turbo petrol engine," Toyota says of the Hy-Power.

Power and performance aside, the CH-R Hy-Power also gets a custom colourway, although no unique sports-focused body tweaks are shown here.

Among the styling efforts are the use diamond-themed orange highlights, black and dark chrome accents, and a satin grey finish. Similar themes feature in the cabin.

Watch for Toyota to reveal its sports hybrid plans in the coming months.