• Oct 29th 2009 at 7:56AM
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This isn't the first time we've heard rumblings of a possible sporty two-door Prius coupe from Toyota, but the rumor that just won't die is once again being trumpeted by Autocar in the UK. The British motoring magazine also contends that an MPV (think downsized minivan) version of the well-loved hybrid hatchback is also in the works.

Interestingly, Autocar claims that the purported Prius MPV would theoretically go up against a production version of the Honda Skydeck concept that was just shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show – this despite the fact that Honda has yet to announce any sort of production plans for a hybrid MPV of its own.

In any case, the rumored Prius coupe would reportedly come with the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant and Hybrid Synergy Drive as its five-door counterpart, and it would be based on the same chassis that underpins the current model. Thoughts?



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota already makes a hybrid MPV, It's called the Estima (same as the Previla) for several years. It just hasn't sold it outside of japan, they are common here in NZ as used imports.

      The new one (2006) get 5.0 l/100km (47 mpg US) on the Japanese 10-15 cycle and CO2 emissions of 116 g/km
      http://www.greencarcongress.com/2006/06/toyota_introduc.html

      I don't see the advantage of building a MPV on chaises that were never meant for it when Toyota has already spent the R&D money to create a appropriate drive train for the job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "In any case, the rumored Prius coupe would reportedly come with the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant and Hybrid Synergy Drive as its five-door counterpart, and it would be based on the same chassis that underpins the current model. Thoughts?"

      In other words, a golf cart with two doors instead of four! Is that really news?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I doubt the MPV will be a "Prius", it's just another hybrid models from Toyota, as @Scotty says probably the Japanese-market Estima (Sienna) minivan. Toyota already uses that 2.4 L hybrid powertrain in the Camry hybrid, Lexus HS250h, etc.

      Autocar suggests the Prius coupe "would use the same 1.8-litre VVT-i hybrid powertrain and chassis as the hatch version, with 134bhp... with a more aerodynamic body and possible weight saving". This alleged Prius coupe, the Prius hatchback (the coming European Auris hybrid), and the original all within a couple of mpg of each other would be damn impressive; Toyota gets to compete with itself while every other mid-sized combustion car (including Toyota's other hybrids) is currently stuck below 50 mpg (US EPA).

      I wish Toyota would come out with a hybrid AWD wagon better than their porky V6 Highlander and RX 450h, but I doubt it'll be a "Prius"; haters will just say "Prius isn't even that economical, some models only get 44 mpg."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually the MPV I mentioned is AWD, with the standard hybrid drive going to the front and an electric motor tacked on the the rear. This won't really cut it off road, but nether will any mpv with it's small tires and low ground clearance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since when does coupe = sporty? Half of the Priuses I encounter on the highway I have to speed by because they're so darn slow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And still manage to drive into the back of a Tesla. What are these people thinking of, if at all?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Driver distraction with the display?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It has long bemused me why no manufacturer was producing a hybrid MPV. Given that these kid carriers are overwhelming used in short, moderate speed trips in urban/suburban environments. Just the kind of driving in which a hybrids efficiency is at its peak and a conventional ICE powered vehicle is least efficient.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Prius-sized MPV might resemble the Toy Wish in Asian markets (under 3k lbs, 181 in long...a larger Matrix?)...with 1.8l (2ZR-FAE) of the same family as Prius engine (2ZR-FXE). But please, no friction-belted CVT..stick with the geared E-CVT...or better a 2-mode-like clutch+gears CVT.

      Refs...
      http://www.sgcarmart.com/new_cars/newcars_overview.php?CarCode=10702
      http://www.icars.sg/photos/index.php?album=2009-toyota-wish
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_ZR_engine

      100 MPG or BUST
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