The plug-in version of the Toyota Prius is expected sometime in the 2012 model year. Currently, Toyota is running prototypes that have a 14-mile range on electric-power alone – however, that may be extended with a larger battery pack.
A full redesign of the Toyota Prius is scheduled for 2015, the same time when the Prius will get a lithium-ion battery pack. But before that, Toyota will debut the much rumored Prius coupe. The model, which is meant to compete with the Honda CR-Z is already under design.
Toyota has given the job of designing the Prius coupe to the company’s four global design studios and a couple of outside coachbuilders.
The Toyota Prius coupe will be a global vehicle and could be built in Japan in 2012 as a 2013 model.
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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