Toyota is set to bring the seven-seater Prius Plus to UK showrooms early next year, but it seems that a new member will join the hybrid Prius family. We’re talking about the Coupe model which will be the most efficient Prius yet.
According to Autoexpress, next to the seven-seater Prius Plus, Toyota is also planning to launch a trio of all-new models in the next three years, these models including the Sports Coupe, which is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform taken from the next Lexus GS. This Coupe will get a new plug-in hybrid set-up featuring lithium-ion batteries, and be offered with a manual gearbox. Also set to debut in 2014 is a Prius SUV, which is set to be based on the Toyota RAV4.
This new, but conservative design comes with distinctive LED running lights seen on the car on the stands and, keeping the line, the bold indent running down the flanks has also been axed. Overall, the idea remains the same, though, with the compact five-door hatch providing a new entry point to the Prius brand and competing with smaller hybrids like Honda’s Insight and CR-Z.
The Prius Coupe will be powered by the combination of 1.5 liter petrol engine and an electric motor, this way becoming the most efficient Prius yet. This “yet” is important because Toyota also announced the next generation of the four-door Hybrid which can hit the dealerships sometimes next year.