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Toyota expands Prius lineup

Toyota will be expanding the Prius family with the addition of three new models set to be launched in the next three years. This decision has been made in an attempt to make the Prius a standalone brand. All the new models will be put on sale by 2014 and will consist of a sports coupe, an SUV, and a replacement for the current sedan.

The new Prius hatchback has already been seen in concept form at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. It will be stripped of the current blade-like headlamps and distinctive LED running lights, as well as the bold indent running down the flanks, to maintain a more conversation design.

The new Sports Coupe model will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the next generation Lexus GS . It will get a new plug-in hybrid set-up featuring lithium-ion batteries, and will be offered with a manual gearbox. It will be easily recognized as a Prius, but it will feature a more conservative design and a sportier appearance. The new Prius SUV will also be arriving and will be based off of the Toyota RAV4 . It will come with either the latest Hybrid Synergy Drive set-up or a modified version of the future Sports Coupe’s plug-in drivetrain.

Source: AutoExpress

4 comments:

The original Prius is a SUV version. It’s a good thing that they have extended its production. I was thinking about what else or other features that they can offer for the Prius. I don’t want to see a bloat loaded exterior. 

Does it mean that Toyota also wants the Lexus to be a standalone brand? Just like the Lexus, there are a lot of version that was based from the iconic Prius. I hope to read any updates pertaining to this brand.

Audi is using a more modern and high technology for their hybrid vehicle. Well, it seems that this car has the same engine as the Nissan Leaf. Plug-in hybrid set-up is kind of unreliable for the charging of the car is quite a big problem especially when you are trap somewhere where there’s no electricity available!

I’m glad to see the Prius in different version other than being a SUV. Toyota has modified the aerodynamic kit of the car and they have change a bit its headlights. I think the exterior seems to be bloat loaded which contradicting its conservative appearance as said by this car manufacturer.

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