• Apr 16, 2010

Toyota Hybrid X Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've been hearing the rumors for over a year, and it's now looking increasingly likely that Toyota is getting ready to launch a new hybrid minivan that will wear the Prius nameplate. If true, this would be the first completely new vehicle added to the Prius stable, where it would join the well-known hatchback sometime in 2011.

According to Reuters (which is citing the Japanese Nikkei), this new Prius hybrid minivan may be the first such vehicle from Toyota equipped with an in-house developed lithium ion battery pack. The three-row vehicle, which we can only presume would also have sliding doors, would potentially seat up to seven people, expanding Toyota's hybrid technology further into the family-use market.

No other details are available other than the notion that Toyota would like to keep the price close to that of standard minivans currently on the market. Stay tuned for more as we hear it.



[Source: Reuters via The Truth About Cars]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what the Prius should have been in the first place instead of a useless little sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wrong....what appeals to MORE consumers, a small sedan or a larger Minivan?. the Prius ( as much as I hate the damn thing and their friggen hypermiling drivers tapping brake pedals in time to Michael Bolton ) has CREATED the market for this vehicle. Will be intersting to see how a hybrid drive train deals with a MUCH heavier curbweight....mileage wise at least
        • 4 Years Ago
        To paraphrase,

        "An improvement of 11 mpg saves a lot more fuel than an improvement of 15 mpg"

        ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the van will certainly benefit more since the base mileage is worse than a small car to begin with. Going from 19 to 30mpg saves a lot more fuel than going from 30 to 45 mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So is this in addition to the Prius wagon, or instead of?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the concept's this ugly, I don't even want to think about how it will translate into a real car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this is similar to what Japanesse Auto Sites have been claiming, I think its going to be a Hybrid similar to the Mazda 5. The Mazda 5 is to the Mazda 3 what this new MPV will be to the Prius.

      That said, the larger Sienna minivan can easily adapt the Highlander/RX Hybrid versions for the Sienna as they are also related in nature.

      I guess way to make a boring van more boring if they go for the Sienna...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always wondered how you make an ugly car downright fugly. Now I know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darn thing looks like a styled computer mouse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        DARN THING LOOKS LIKE A "POORLY" STYLED COMPUTER MOUSE.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is Pixar designing CARS for Toyota now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow...

      This car must have coefficient drag of 0.05 for them to have compromised the design to this degree. I guess the nasty blue paint also somehow increases the MPG rating...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A good idea. Minivans are ideal for hybrid engines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think you all realize that the pics with the article have nothing to do with it.
      It would have been nice for them to mention that in the article.
      The article clearly talks about a three row, 7 passenger mini-van.
      These pics are a concept from a year or two ago I think... and have nothing to do with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would it just be a Previa/estima Hybrid?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you squint while you're drunk, high, and just woke up with that crusty stuff in your eyes, it looks a bit like a Johnny Cab from the movie Total Recall.
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