The MR2 could grace Toyota showrooms again—as an EV
The revival of the Supra has gotten us hot and bothered for a couple of years now, but what about the other two cars from Toyota’s legendary lineup, the Celica, and the MR2?
Well, Akio Toyoda may have some good news for those of us who like living in the past.
Matt Harrison, VP of sales and marketing for Toyota, told Autocar the MR2 has entered the “discussion stage,” and confirmed the company would love to add it to the product plan.
The new MR2 would most likely feature an EV drivetrain in lieu of a classic four-cylinder, which would make it a fantastic small sports car for the city.
The vehicle does not have the green light yet, and there must be a solid case for the MR2 to be built. The addition of the MR2 would finish off what Akio Toyoda calls the “three brothers,” joining the Supra and the modern Celica, the GT86.
Toyota already has a small sports car concept from 2015 called the S-FR, which was inspired by the 1965 S800 Coupe, so hopefully they follow along with the sports car renaissance and bring the MR2 with it.
The last time we saw an MR2 was 2007, and this new venture is unlikely to appear before 2020, but Akio Toyoda is keen to offer more “affordable, simple and fun-to-drive” cars in his company’s EV lineup, which should be possible in the near future thanks to the advancement of battery tech.