Dec 28, 2011
Chris Weiss

Toyota Teases New Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Toyota will debut a new plug-in hybrid concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show next month. The automaker has released a teaser picture of what it calls the NS4.

Toyota has given absolutely no information on the design of the concept. The press release accompanying the teaser photo is but one paragraph and describes the NS4 as an “advanced plug-in hybrid concept.”

From the first teaser picture, we see what should be a rather sporty car, something that will fit in on Toyota’s renewed focus on fun, sporty cars. Outside of that, it’s basically just a headlight, so take from it what you will.

The concept may feature the same or an evolved version of the plug-in system that’s being used on the 2012 Prius Plug-In. That model is essentially an upgraded Prius that offers up to 15 miles of all-electric driving. The model replaces the standard Prius’ nickel-metal-hydride battery with a 4.4 kWh lithium ion battery. It will hit select US markets beginning next March.

In addition to the world premier of the NS4, Toyota will stage the North American debut of the Prius C at the Detroit show. The latest member of the Prius family, the C is a subcompact hatchback that Toyota says will offer the highest city gas mileage of any non plug-in vehicle.

The Prius C is powered by a 1.5-liter engine paired to a Hybrid Synergy Drive system. It is aimed at a younger demographic and will provide a sportier ride and lower base price than other Prius models.

Toyota first debuted the Prius C at the Tokyo Motor Show earlier this month. It is called the Aqua in the Japanese market.

The North American International Auto Show opens to the press on January 9.

1 Comment

  • Cant wait to see this car and see what it can bring to the economy.

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