British car mag Auto Express is confirming that Toyota is working on a successor to the Prius that upgrades it hardware not only with a better Lithium Ion battery pack that recharge faster and hold more power for longer, but also adds a lean-burning 1.8L turbocharged engine. The next Prius will be host to Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive II system that will coordinate the power play between these two drivetrains and may also gain plug-in capabilty. Auto Express reports Toyota's goal is to have its cake and eat it, too – high economy and high performance.

Coming from a European source, we here in North Americans shouldn't necessarily expect this news to apply to us. Our Prius sports a weaker battery pack than Prii sold elsewhere in the world and lacks other abilities, as well.

[Source: Auto Express]

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