Toyota’s announcement that it is producing a new plug-and-play hybrid car will bring a new generation of cars to the UK market.
The new vehicle will be a compact crossover, similar to the Toyota Corolla, but it will be the first Toyota model to use the hybrid platform, as Toyota says it needs to develop a range of electric vehicles to compete with the likes of Tesla, BMW and Mercedes.
There are a couple of differences between the Toyota Tacoma.
First, the hybrid concept vehicle will have a new roof line, which is more like a Toyota Mirai-style roof.
It will be slightly wider than the current Toyota Corollas, but the car will have no front air intakes, so it will use the rear-mounted charging infrastructure of the Mirai.
Secondly, the new vehicle, which will be called the Tacoma Prime, will be available in two different versions.
For those of you who have been wondering how much of a difference the new roofline and a larger rear wheelbase makes to a car, Toyota says that it needs “a vehicle with a more substantial rear tail-gating surface”.
Toyota is using its new powertrain to deliver a range that is 50 percent greater than that of its current Toyota Priuses.
The new Toyota Priuz hybrid can go 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds, but will take 1.9 seconds for the new Toyota Prime to reach 60mph.
We have already seen the Toyota Priutans electric powertrain, which was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, reach 100kmh on the highway in less than two seconds.
The Priutan has a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds, which sounds impressive, but Toyota says the Priutanas electric powertrains range will go up by 20 percent.
This new Prius hybrid has a range comparable to the Prius, but its battery pack is not quite as powerful.
The battery is rated at 4.4 kWh, but a higher-capacity version will be coming soon.
Toyotas battery will go on sale in 2018.
At the time of writing, it is unclear if Toyota will sell the new Priutas Hybrid in the UK, although it is possible that the new car will be offered in some form in the future.