Toyota has chosen to continue the ambitious project of creating a replacement for their legendary sports vehicle, the Toyota MR2. A model that will see the light of day in 2024 and will be powered by an electric V6-engined drivetrain.
Several times over the last several years, rumors have circulated regarding the possibility of Toyota reviving one of its most legendary sports cars. What is true about the Toyota MR2’s return? The concept of a new generation or replacement of a model that was discontinued more than a decade ago on the market is not novel.
Toyota will introduce a replacement to the MR2 based on fresh and very intriguing information that has surfaced from exotic and faraway Japan. A project that has been on hold for some time has now been restarted. The Japanese automobile industry titan is activating all of its equipment in preparation for the development process.
The famous Toyota MR2’s replacement will become a reality.
2019 was the final year when significant reports concerning the reintroduction of MR2 surfaced. There was conjecture at the time that Toyota might partner with Porsche in order to unveil its new sports vehicle. Something like what occurs with the Toyota GR 86, a vehicle originating from the company’s partnership with Subaru.
To return to the present, and more especially to the new material that has surfaced, it is clear that the project has been restarted. Now, the unveiling of the new MR2 will not stand alone, as the return of the Toyota Celica moniker is also emphasized.
The new mid-engine sports vehicle that will replace the MR2 will draw inspiration from the 2004 Geneva Motor Show debuting Toyota Alessandro Volta Concept. According to information obtained by a Japanese media outlet specializing in the topic, one of the designs under consideration has a pretty aggressive look.
The next Toyota MR2 will be powered by an electric motor.
Beyond the visual portion, which is not inconsequential, the vehicle’s guts will have the most significance. And that is precisely what the propulsion system is. True, the new GR 86 is not dedicated to electrification, but Toyota cannot afford to fill its product offering in Europe (or other regions) with conventionally powered vehicles at this time.
Therefore, we must pay particular attention to claims indicating that the new MR2 will be electric. One of the possibilities available is the pairing of a V6 gasoline engine with an electric motor and a high-voltage battery to create a plug-in hybrid set with a maximum output of around 400 horsepower.
It is anticipated that this revolutionary sports automobile would be released sometime in 2024. There are still many unanswered questions, therefore we must constantly watch for any potential leaks or the release of fresh studies.