Bringing back iconic and mythical models in electric versions is becoming more and more common. Being able to resurrect models that once made an impact, knowing that they will be meeting sustainable standards in vehicle manufacturing for the future, can generate some satisfaction from both sides, i.e. from whoever manufactures the vehicle and whoever buys it once it is available on the market.
Toyota wants to leave a mark in this section, and therefore, the Toyota MR2 will be back on the streets, although not 100% directly, since they will be manufacturing a new model that fits perfectly to be his replacement.
The car will be in charge of the Asian manufacturer’s sports division, Gazoo Racing (GR), in addition to being part of a new series of electric vehicles that will reach the market in the coming years.
Gazoo Racing is already responsible for developing the GR 86 and GR Supra models, so the MR2 would accompany them in a sporty repertoire that Toyota has been working on for the past few years.
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The Toyota MR2 was characterized at the time by its fine aerodynamic lines, aesthetics and light weight when being driven, so the new model will have the challenge of maintaining the lightness of its structure, being beneficial not to have an internal combustion engine for it.
On the other hand, recreating the convertible roof would be one of the features that would resemble the next Toyota model with respect to that classic that was consolidated in time.
At the moment there is no confirmation from Toyota on release date, features or any specific information about the model, beyond the concept that was revealed a year ago, which resembles the MR2 model.
Toyota has been one of the brands that has worked hard on the electrification of its range. As a giant in the automotive market, it has the financial resources to invest in research, development and assembly of new models that are in line with the demands of reducing the environmental carbon footprint.
Finally, developing new lithium-ion battery packs, vehicle platforms, linking up with hydrogen fuel cells and launching a series of models between now and 2030 are all part of its strategic plans for the future.
Written by | Ronald Ortega