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Toyota hints at electrical MR2 successor with new GR sports activities automobile idea | Autocar India

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Printed On Dec 17, 2021 08:00:00 AM

The electrical MR2 successor might mark the return of the model’s ‘Three Brothers’ – the trio of sports activities vehicles that embody the Celica, Supra, and MR2.

Toyota is growing a small, two-seat electrical sports activities automobile that might be the primary bespoke EV from its Gazoo Racing efficiency model. Proven alongside different Toyota and Lexus ideas – as firm president Akio Toyoda revealed plans of launching 15 new EVs by 2030 – the unnamed coupé seems comparable in measurement to Toyota’s MR2 sports activities automobile, which bowed out in 2007.

  • MR2 successor more likely to have a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive format like the unique
  • Will prioritise affordability over lengthy vary
  • Could possibly be the primary of Toyota’s EVs to make use of an energy-dense solid-state battery

Toyota GR sports activities automobile: what do we all know to this point?

Our sister publication, Autocar UK, had reported again in 2018 that Toyota was contemplating a revival of the MR2 following the launch of the GR Supra and that an electrical powertrain was on the playing cards. At the moment, gross sales and advertising and marketing boss Matt Harrison stated that plans for a reborn MR2 have been at a “dialogue stage” and confirmed that it was a lovely proposition to firm bosses.

Toyoda is a well known sports activities automobile fanatic and has beforehand spoken of his want to at some point see the ‘three brothers’ – Supra, Celica and MR2 – revived for the trendy period. With the Supra now three years previous and the GR86 successfully serving as a Celica equal, the main target has seemingly shifted to the event of a second bespoke GR mannequin.

The primary clues to a reborn MR2 got in 2015 by the diminutive S-FR idea, which did not evolve right into a manufacturing mannequin. This newest idea appears to be like to be barely bigger and options way more aggressive styling cues – not like something seen on a manufacturing Toyota to this point.

Toyota GR sports activities automobile: powertrain and underpinnings

The GR sports activities automobile’s cab-forward silhouette hints at a revival of the MR2’s attribute mid-engined format, which might point out that Toyota is planning an analogous stacked-battery association, like Porsche’s and Lotus’ upcoming electrical sports activities vehicles.

This could assist the sports activities automobile retain a few of its religious predecessor’s trademark dynamic steadiness, regardless of the added weight of an EV powertrain. It will additionally imply the driving force might sit as near the bottom as within the MR2, which would not be attainable with an underfloor battery pack.

Whether or not Toyota’s e-TNGA EV platform, as utilized by the bZ4X SUV, might accommodate such a format is unconfirmed. To date, that platform has solely been deployed in four- and front-wheel-drive codecs, and Toyota would little doubt go for a rear-driven format in an entry-level electrical sports activities automobile.

Toyota has hinted that its entry-level EVs will prioritise affordability over lengthy vary, which – along with the necessity to preserve weight down – means the sports activities automobile might be among the many first of Toyota’s EVs to obtain a extra energy-dense solid-state battery. Lexus has hinted at an analogous plan for a brand new electrical supercar it’s readying as a religious successor to the V10-engined LFA.

Upcoming Toyota launches in India

Toyota is gearing as much as launch the Hilux pickup in January and it’s anticipated to be priced between Rs 25 lakh-35 lakh (ex-showroom), because it shares numerous elements with the regionally produced Innova Crysta and Fortuner. It’s going to solely be the second life-style pickup of its type in our market, lastly giving the Isuzu D-Max some competitors.

Toyota additionally plans to deliver the Camry facelift someday subsequent yr. Following Maruti’s facelift for the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza, an analogous therapy is also on the playing cards for the Toyota Glanza and City Cruiser subsequent yr.

What are your ideas on Toyota’s plans for an electrical successor to the enduring MR2? Tell us within the feedback under. 

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