Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Toyota unveils 2013 NS4 Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Published January 17, 2012

By Jeff Cobb

Last week at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota showed the world the rest of its Prius-transcending NS4 plug-in hybrid concept.

Leading up to this unveiling, Toyota had maximized its PR value by showing teaser photos while offering details just as scant as selected close-ups shots of a headlight or other design aspects.

So here it is – a new hybrid that Toyota says will be positioned separate from the Prius family, possibly the beginning of a new lineup of green cars beginning a few years from now.

Details are still limited, but Toyota says it hopes to launch this technology in a car very similar to the 2013 concept by 2015 – with some technologies trickling sooner into other Toyotas.

The vehicle is built around a next-generation hybrid drivetrain, and includes several new safety technologies, and these are the features that will also find their way onto other models in the near future.

This video is courtesy of our sister publication, AutoGuide, and explains a little bit more for this first look at a car Toyota has yet to finalize for production, after which no doubt full details will be revealed.


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