While Toyota works hard with Subaru on getting the production Toyota FT-86 rear-wheel-drive sports coupe on the road, the Japanese automaker is also working on a successor to the MR2 and a replacement for the Supra. Both models are expected to hit markets within the next four years.
The Toyota MR2 replacement is due in 2013 and will carry a hybrid powertrain with a 1.5L gasoline engine. Original plans called for a V6 hybrid powertrain but the success of the CR-Z in Japan has changed thinking of engineers.
The Toyota Supra, which was originally previewed by the FT-HS concept at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, was confirmed to be shelved. However, increasing hybrid sales have given the Supra a second chance. Insiders say that the next-generation Supra is likely to carry a V6 hybrid powertrain.
– By: Omar Rana