• Jun 7, 2006
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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      lexx
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow thats really gay. upgaring an engine from a 1.5 to a 1.8, whats the point?? its still gonna be slow as hell! im not suprised thay just dont put a v-tec engine like the new civics have.
      Bruno
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not add a supercharger for low end torque and a diesel.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A turbocharged engine would work well with E85 fuel.
      Lower compression would reduce Nitrous Oxides which are still too high in modern engines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When is Toyota going to put HSD in a Scion? It's going to be the only way they'll sell a hybrid to the under-30 crowd. But then again, putting HSD in a Scion will utterly destroy it's "inexpensive" entry-level image.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I also heard that Toyota's looking for 100 mpg plus on the next Prius, plus want to reduce the price differential (for hybrids) in half."

      Glenn, I read that the next prius will be over 100mpg as well but this is in japan. The fuel economy standard is different
      in japan. This generations prius gets 99mpg on their standard with the next generation prius expected to get somewhere from 113-120mpg depending on the source which is around 14-20% improvement, not double. Inside line was one of the publications that had an article on this.

      Heres a link to their article, http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=109981
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sure.. give the America the crap.. and charge them the same prices.. typical car company.
      • 8 Years Ago
      bernie: not quite. The engine could run in two modes
      1.economy - turbo charger used at minium or to improve torque, electric motors in main use
      2.performance - turbo charger on full assisted by electric motors to improve torque at low revs (man I love this idea)

      You switch between the two depending on driving conditions
      rty green
      • 8 Years Ago
      Before you add a turbo, figure out how to repair the CVT trany that has been failing at a pretty high rate and cost in neighborhood of 5k for part and another 3k for install. Whatever savings Im sure that repair will wipe at all of it
      Anthony Finnell
      • 8 Years Ago
      When they make a hybrid that has 300 horsepower and zero to sixty in less than five seconds I will buy one.Until then,I will drive my 300 horsepower Mustang that still gets 25 MPG on the road.
      Bob Gage
      • 8 Years Ago
      Building a car is a little like building an airplane, You want to go faster, you make the engine bigger. If you make the engine bigger, you have to add more fuel.If you add more fuel, it makes it weigh more, then you need a bigger engine, and the circle continues. The answer is in the compromise.
      Don
      • 8 Years Ago
      All that hybrid gas mileage is just great until your Prius gets nailed by an Avalanche going about 70 MPH.
      Then it's just a high mileage little coffin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I also heard that Toyota's looking for 100 mpg plus on the next Prius, plus want to reduce the price differential (for hybrids) in half."

      Glenn, I read that the next prius will be over 100mpg as well but this is in japan. The fuel economy standard is different in japan. This generations prius gets 99mpg on their standard with the next generation prius expected to get somewhere from 113-120mpg depending on the source. Inside line was one of the publications that had an article on this.

      heres the link: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=109981
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