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Prius Family Growing Larger?

William Maley - Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

June 30, 2011


Toyota hasn't hidden the face they are looking to expand the Prius family. Back at the North American International Auto Show in January, the company showed off three models; a Prius plug-in, a five seat Prius minivan , and a compact Prius concept. But it looks like more models will be coming as well.

One of the models Toyota is looking at is building a Prius sports coupe, which will compete with Honda's CR-Z hybrid. The coupe will use the RWD platform from the upcoming Lexus GS. The coupe will also get a new plug-in setup which featuring lithium-ion batteries and have a six-speed manual. The coupe is expected to arrive in showrooms by 2014.

Toyota is also looking at adding a Prius SUV based on the RAV4. This model has been in the rumor piles since Toyota showed off the Hybrid X Concept at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. Sources claim the SUV will either use a new version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive or the Coupe's powertrain.

Source: Auto Express

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