New Toyota Celica to be hybrid

Toyota CS+S concept
Toyota CS+S concept
The Toyota Celica is on its way out -- but then it's coming back in a brand new guise. But don't hold your breath, because it's not likely to appear until 2008.

According to a report in this week's Autocar, the Japanese car giant, which recently overtook GM as the world's biggest carmaker, is developing a mid-engined, 4WD hybrid car with four seats to replace both the MR2 and Celica. Both cars are nearing the end of their lives and will be withdrawn by mid-2006.

It could be called a Celica -- that's yet to be determined -- and it will draw inspiration from the CS+S concept shown in Tokyo in 2003 -- see pic. However, it leaves Toyota without a high-performance motor for the time being.

A radical departure for a sports car, the machine could house a power train similar to that of the Toyota Yaris T-Sport, using a 105bhp petrol engine, as does the Prius hybrid. It'll rev to 7,000rpm though, which, since the engine's a VVT-i, suggests that the power will mostly be found at the top end of the rev range.

Behind the engine will be a continuously variable transmission with artificial steps to make it a more familiar experience. But there'll also be a two electric motors, one for each pair of wheels, that'll kick in during urban excursions, and when extra power is called for. For example, the Prius's motors develop some 400lb-ft of torque, which is not to be sniffed at.

Other packaging firsts include a folding metal roof, the first in a mid-engined car. The delay is down to a shortage of hybrid drive-trains within Toyota, which is struggling to fulfil demand for them as it is.

Sounds like one to watch...

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  • noor 15 Feb 2006

    Hopefully the styling will be a little more apealing this time!!!

  • Gazboy 15 Feb 2006

    Jeez, the Supra idea really is dead...

  • havoc 15 Feb 2006

    Folding metal roof
    2 electric motors
    All the latest crash-protection...

    ...it'll weight TONS!!!

    ...and they give it a SMALL VVTi engine to propel it?!? Hope those 'leccy motors have some real kick to them, otherwise it's going to be slower than the current one!!!

  • alanc5 15 Feb 2006

    havoc said:
    Folding metal roof
    2 electric motors
    All the latest crash-protection...

    ...it'll weight TONS!!!

    ...and they give it a SMALL VVTi engine to propel it?!? Hope those 'leccy motors have some real kick to them, otherwise it's going to be slower than the current one!!!


    They mention 400ft/lbd though, that enough grunt to shift a couple of tons with ease so should be okay?

  • Mr E 15 Feb 2006

    Hmmm.

    Can't say I'm leaping up and down for joy - this *is* just speculation after all.

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