• May 25, 2010
Toyota Hybrid-X concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Toyota gets around to expanding its Prius line-up next year, the first model to benefit from the badge will be a compact MPV reportedly badged the Alpha. The small van will apparently be based on a stretched version of the current Prius platform, will add a third row of seats and should be the first production Toyota hybrid with a lithium ion battery pack. Toyota is currently testing a fleet of plug-in Prius hybrids with lithium batteries, but those aren't slated for production until 2012.

The seven-seat Alpha is expected to be about one foot longer than the current Prius hatchback, while a shorter, five-seat version of the Alpha that may look similar to the Hybrid-X concept from 2007 and could retain the nickel-metal hydride batteries of the current Prius to keep costs down. If all goes according to plan, expect the Prius Alpha to launch around March of next year.


[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      will it come or will it just drive by at high velocity?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So.. nobody above (except Alex) actually read the above article, right? The photo you see is a CONCEPT. In your wildest imagination, the Prius Alpha van will never look like that. Sometimes Autoblog is kind enough to post photos of cars that could *inspire* the mentioned vehicle. That's why that photo gallery is included with this article.

      Toyota is way to conservative to put that (kinda cool) concept car into production.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nothing cool about that concept. It is hid-e-ous. An affront to all that is visual. And anything close to resembling that concept would still be nasty. It needs to be heaped on the styling failure pile with the Aztek and Acura 'beak' grills.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MY EYES!!! I CANT UNSEE THIS!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guess Prius stands for "Probably, Really, Incredibly Ugly Styling". Being 'green' should never be that painful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just more reason why I wish Ford saw a better financial income for the Fiesta ECOnetic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a spaceship.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like a 4-door Paseo, to me :p
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jeeze, you guys do realize that this is not the vehicle to be built right? It's an old concept.
        • 4 Years Ago
        NO NO NO ...Stay please....Dont come to market...infact- DIE...Get SHELVED...Get CANNED ! ...Uggh Someone please stop the toyota designers....just because you can draw something unusual, DOES NOT MEAN IT SHOULD BE BUILT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This Alpha...could very well be your Omega


      Zing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      No more dangerous Toyota products.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No idea if it will actually look like the concept pictured here - but if it does, I suppose we can assume that Toyota is going after the market segment that needs to show off how environmentally conscious they are.
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