Toyota MR2 Roadster will return in the form of an electric vehicleJuly 8, 2019
The company decided to revive the entire line of sports models
Japanese automaker Toyota plans to revive a small mid-engined MR2 roadster. If this happens, most likely in the motor range of the car will add an electric power plant.
According to the publication Car and Driver, the head of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda has already talked about his desire to repeat the brand’s former triumph in the sports car class. Today, the company has created a new generation of Supra, the GT86 model has replaced the Celica on the market, and it turns out that there is only one free space left on this list – a new generation of Toyota MR2.
While it is difficult to assume that it will be under the hood of a roadster. Toyota is known for its commitment to hybrids, but at the same time the company is working on the creation of all-electric power plants. In addition, both sports models, which are now represented in the company’s lineup, were developed jointly with other brands: Supra with BMW, and GT86 – with Subaru, so there is every reason to believe that MR2 will not be exclusively developed by Toyota.
The fact that the company plans to return to the market all three models, first started talking back in 2010. Then there was a rumor that in 2013 we will see a new generation of roadster with a hybrid power plant. The rumors were not confirmed, but recently, in March 2017, the head of Gazoo Racing, which develops all the “charged” Toyota, said that the brand is really going to bring to the market not only the new Supra and GT86, but also create a successor to the roadster MR2, the production of which was completed on the third generation in 2007.
The new Mazda Miata can become the main competitor of the roadster, but if the Japanese do not dare to build an all-electric model, the new generation of the MR2 will get almost complete monopoly in the classroom. In the next five years, the expected appearance of an electric Porsche Boxter and Cayman, but the mid-engine car from Toyota will definitely win at a price. It is expected that the fourth generation we will see no earlier than 2024, and its cost will be around $ 45,000
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