Toyota’s new president admits the automaker needs an excitement-infusion, and to that end – and in order to match the upcoming Honda CR-Z tit-for-tat – Toyota is rumored to be working on a two-door version of the Prius.
The latest reports out of Japan indicate that a shortened, 2+2 Prius-based hybrid sports coupe is under development, packing an uprated version of the 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE four-cylinder putting out around 134 hp – 36 hp more than in its sedan counterpart. Naturally, Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system will carry over and the additional power boost will have an adverse impact on fuel mileage – albeit a minor one.
If the Prius coupe does come to fruition, expect it to be around 100 mm shorter than the sedan, carry over the standard Prius’ interior and debut sometime in mid-2012. Conveniently, there’s no word on a name and whether or not the coupe will be sold in the States, but we wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this would be a JDM-only affair.