According to Motor Trend, the hybrid minivan is reportedly in the final stages of development, and is scheduled for a public reveal in March of 2011, Just in time for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
Called Prius Alpha, it could get an upgrade to lithium ion batteries. The new car will be based on the same basic platform of regular Prius and use the same 1.8 liter petrol engine, but it will offer a third row of seats. The car’s bodywork will be around 300mm longer than the regular car’s.
The maximum combined power output will be 135 horsepower—but given the extra size and weight, the new model’s fuel economy will likely fall below 50 MPG.
It is unclear whether Toyota’s Alpha will make it to North America, but the inside source says it will be priced in Japan below 2.5 million yen ( around $27,700)
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