Toyota Teases Unveiling Of Two New Hybrids On May 18
12 May 2020 - motor1
The models could be the Venza and Sienna or maybe even the Tundra.
With COVID-19 causing the closure of every major automotive event, new vehicle debuts have been a rarity in the last several months. Toyota is keeping things interesting by announcing plans to unveil "two all-new hybrids" during a livestream on Monday, May 18, at 11:00 AM EDT. The 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition is part of the event, too.
Toyota doesn't even tease the identity of these vehicles, but we have some ideas. There's info from a company dealer meeting that the 2021 Sienna (spied below) would be available exclusively with a hybrid powertrain. It would allegedly go on sale in the fall.
There's also a persistent rumor of Toyota reviving the Venza name for a new crossover that the company would produce in Alabama. Production doesn't reportedly begin until September 2021, meaning the model would go on sale for the 2022 model year. The existing info suggests the vehicle would be available exclusively with a hybrid powertrain.
The next-gen Toyota Tundra also reportedly gets a new hybrid powertrain. It's reportedly a version of the electrified twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. The variant of this mill in the LS 500h makes 354 horsepower (263 kilowatts). However, information suggests the pickup debuts in December 2021, so the truck might not be what the company is teasing for the May 18 livestream.
Toyota already unleashed the important details about the 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition, which is limited to 2,020 examples. The model celebrates 20 years of the hybrid vehicle in the United States. It's available in Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl and comes with lots of black trim. The 2021 Prius also benefits from an improved suite of driver assistance tech. The automaker isn't yet disclosing the special edition's price.