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by George Skentzos

Toyota executive vice president Masatami Takimoto has reportedly confirmed the brand is set to revive the MR2 nameplate as a hybrid performance coupe to rival Honda’s upcoming CR-Z.

The hybrid MR2 will swap its traditional roadster shape in favour of a coupe design – effectively becoming a more exciting two-door version of the Prius.

The new hybrid would feature a specially developed version of the Prius hybrid powertrain, adapted for performance, economy and low emissions coupled with a paddleshift transmission.

“We are aware of the fondness with which the MR2 is held in the UK and Europe, and are developing a small hybrid sports car.” said Mr Takimoto speaking with Auto Express.

“We have set a tough price point, as it will be easier to sell if it is affordable. It has to be fun to drive, too, which means the hybrid set-up must be different to the Prius’, with greater responsiveness.”

While virtually nothing is known about how the new coupe will look, an artist’s rendering integrating styling cues from Toyota’s FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sport) concept may give us a good idea – follow the link below to take a look.

Source: Auto Express




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