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Toyota's new president admits the automaker needs an excitement-infusion, and to that end - and in order to match the upcoming Honda CR-Z tit-for-tat - Toyota is rumored to be working on a two-door version of the Prius.

The latest reports out of Japan indicate that a shortened, 2+2 Prius-based hybrid sports coupe is under development, packing an uprated version of the 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE four-cylinder putting out around 134 hp - 36 hp more than in its sedan counterpart. Naturally, Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system will carry over and the additional power boost will have an adverse impact on fuel mileage - albeit a minor one.

If the Prius coupe does come to fruition, expect it to be around 100 mm shorter than the sedan, carry over the standard Prius' interior and debut sometime in mid-2012. Conveniently, there's no word on a name and whether or not the coupe will be sold in the States, but we wouldn't be surprised to find out that this would be a JDM-only affair.

[source: 7Tune]

More details on rumored Toyota Prius coupe originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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No way it looks anywhere near as good as this render.

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The car's exhaust is saying "It's super effective!" (I can translate Japanese)

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No way it looks anywhere near as good as this render.

more than likely..... or it wouldn't make it here anyway.

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more than likely..... or it wouldn't make it here anyway.

I'm going to guess both.

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Wait- no one is reminded of the genesis coupe looking at this render?? Droopy front end & goofy beltline? No?

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Wait- no one is reminded of the genesis coupe looking at this render?? Droopy front end & goofy beltline? No?

Yes I am actually.

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Wait- no one is reminded of the genesis coupe looking at this render?? Droopy front end & goofy beltline? No?

That's exactly what I thought.

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