Toyota Prius variants coming in 2011, Lexus IS based RWD plug-in hybrid in the works

The new Lexus CT 200h is just one of the many hybrids in the works from Toyota. Sources say that Toyota will continue to expand its range of hybrids with a Prius based wagon, sporty coupe and an MPV in spring 2011. That will be followed by a Lexus IS-based rear-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid Toyota sedan and a hybrid version of the RAV4 by 2012.

Toyota’s 1.8L VVT-i hybrid system will soon become the company’s core powertrain, aimed at helping it sell more than one million hybrid units globally by the early part of this decade.

The Toyota FT-CH previewed a sporty Prius coupe that will go head-to-head with the Honda CR-Z. Insiders are also talking about another hybrid plug-in sports car that will use the next-generation rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS platform.

Continuing to add hybrids to its existing models, Toyota will offer a gasoline-electric powertrain on the new RAV4 by spring 2012, only available in the 5-door RAV4.

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