• May 22, 2008
We've known for quite some time that Toyota would be introducing the world to its third-generation Prius hybrid sedan at next year's Detroit Auto Show. Expected to be powered by a revised and enlarged 1.8-liter engine and electric motors, the new model aims to continue Toyota's hybrid dominance, at least for the next few model years. We also expect Lexus to get its own more luxurious version of the Prius, and Inside Line is reporting that it will come in calender year 2010 and could be the first Toyota-made hybrid with lithium ion batteries. What's more, Lexus is said to be considering a second hybrid-only model to be based on Toyota's midsize sedan architecture, as is the current RX, which is available in both standard and hybrid guises. Rumor is that the second dedicated hybrid model might be a crossover utility vehicle, the current darling of the it's-not-a-station-wagon set. We'll surely hear more about this new model before its expected introduction in 2011.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like it could be the next-generation Prius.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the next Prius can improve on the current one.....it could very well become of the best selling small cars, it has the potential to be in Corolla, Civic field.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would call the Prius economical. And since when did the phrase "mid-sized economy car" die???

        Nobody tells me anything anymore...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Prius is notably bigger than those examples - and it's classified as a midsize car in the USA by the EPA.

        The Prius may sip fuel, but it's not an economy car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if Lexus can keep it under $225K...
      • 6 Years Ago
      headlights and front fascia seems familiar to the euro ford mondeo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice Articles Check out the Lexus LF-A
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for an IS 250 Hybrid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand the trend of enlarging the engine with every generation. This applies to all manufactures.

      In this case what is wrong with the current motor? Are they going with a larger motor since they increased the weight also? Well how about reducing the weight rather than taking the easy way out with a larger motor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The problem with the Smart isn't the engine, it is the transmission. It needs something better than 5 forward gears.
        • 6 Years Ago
        M-B C230 went from 2.3 to 1.8T (IIRC).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chris I understand your point about people need more power and larger motor doesn't always mean lower mpg but in a car like civic or Prius does it really matter. These cars not designed for performance rather cruising with great mpg. Anyone who is buying smart or hybrid car doesn’t car much about performance otherwise they would pickup regular accord, wrx or cobalt.

        I mean civic used to come with 1.5 vtec now they are standard with 1.8 with tons of more weight. Why not reduce weight and pair it with lighter and smaller motor? Like the good ole days of CRX. I don't mean to say all cars should be like CRX but if you intended to make high efficiency vehicle pair with a good light motor and keep the weight of the car as low as possible. In fact this done all over Europe where are tons of cars that have 1.2 to 1.8 liter engines and they all sell very well. Hell even Merc makes an E1.8D or BMW make 1.6 3 series. The irony of it all is that we in America have the higher performance engine yet they we drive like a grandma compared to European drivers who have smaller engine cars. So engine size doesn’t equal higher performance in regular day driving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, wow, look, a Prius that isn't fugly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i would buy that one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why not make the whole hood a giant headlamp enclosure? I like the Dodge Challenger's utilitarian light. That is, they face forward, don't shine 90 degree left or right, have the lens (=weight) just where the light NEEDS to come out to shine forward.

      simple
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks funky enough to probably sell very well...
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