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Prius Family Growing Larger?

William Maley - Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

June 30, 2011

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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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