The versatile petrol-electric hybrid technology of Toyota might be going from the engine bay of the Prius to their new models as the carmaker plans to have hybrids in all of their vehicle ranges come 2020.
Toyota is aiming for a million drivetrains using a hybrid setup this year to run the Prius and the Auris HSD. The Japanese car manufacturer is not really looking in the direction of new designs for their upcoming hybrids especially with the good reliability and performance they are getting from their 1.8L small hybrids.
The powetrain executives of Toyota confirmed that they will be launching new hybrid units that will tap into the flexibility of their current hybrid technology to give the cars sporty characteristics.
The powertrain guru of Toyota, Gerald Killman, explained that they do not need to design new hybrid systems when their current systems can supply what they need due to its adaptability and flexibility.
It seems the rumors buzzing before are true that Toyota is going for a hybrid system that can rival the Honda CR-Z. The concept car FT-CH which took the spotlight during the Detroit Auto Show last January might be a good preview of how the upcoming car might look.
It is still uncertain if the new hybrid units will take the Prius name or will they create a new one to market.