Toyota planning two variants of the Prius, one bigger and one smaller

2010 Toyota Prius

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Toyota has plans to launch two new variants of the Prius hybrid in the United States by 2013. The move is being made as Toyota attempts to ramp up plans to leverage its gasoline-electric drivetrain technology.

The report said that one of the hybrids will be larger Prius, while the other will be a smaller hybrid about the size of the Yaris compact. The larger one will have about 50 percent more interior space and storage than the Prius. Toyota has previously said that it will launch a Yaris-sized hybrid with production to be held in France.

Both of the models will be based on the Prius technology.

Click here for our review on the 2010 Toyota Prius.

Refresher: Power for the 2011 Toyota Prius continues to come from a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine making 98-hp / 105 lb-ft of torque. Total output with hybrid system ““ 134-hp. That allows for 0-60 mph to come in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph. EPA-rated fuel-economy comes in at 51/48 mpg.

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Source: AutoWeek