Toyota MR2 rumored to be returning
If you could get the chance to get behind the wheel of the Toyota MR2 again – albeit a slightly different iteration – would you take it? Well, you may get the opportunity soon(ish). Rumor has it that the much-loved Toyota MR2 may be making its way back onto the market in the upcoming decade and Toyota of Orlando is here to share the speculation. Buckle up – you may just get your shot to climb into the driver’s seat of this sporty two-seater after all.
Will this much-loved Toyota sports car make its way back to Orlando?
According to rumors swirling in the automotive world, the Toyota MR2 could be making its way back to Orlando in 2024. However, it’ll be a different type of vehicle – it’s expected that given Toyota’s push toward greener cars, it could be revived as a hybrid car or even an all-electric model. Here’s what’s been speculated so far:
- The next Toyota MR2 would be a ways out if it’s coming back to the market – we likely wouldn’t see it even revealed until 2023 or 2024.
- Akio Toyoda – the president of Toyota Motor Corporation – has spoken numerous times of his desire to have “three brothers” in the lineup (since there were three main sports cars in the 1980s). We’ve gotten the Orlando Toyota Supra back and the Toyota 86 is on the market (and could be in the place of the Toyota Celica), so it only makes sense that the Toyota MR2 is the next addition.
- It’s likely that some collaboration with another automaker will take place. Remember, both the Orlando Toyota Supra and Toyota 86 were collabs (with BMW and Subaru, respectively).
- There’s a high probability that in its efforts to make its lineup greener, Toyota would try to make the mid-engine sports car Toyota MR2 either hybrid or electric.
And that’s all we really can say for now… but we promise that the minute more information comes to light, we’ll share it!
The Toyota MR2: past and present
For now, we’ll give you a quick refresher on the basics of the Toyota MR2 and its history.
- The Toyota MR2 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car that has two seats – a driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat.
- It was on the market from 1994 – 2007 and spanned three generations of iterations.
- Although it was a sports car, it was economical and compact, not to mention fun to drive with its mid-engine placement.
- It had fully-independent MacPherson strut front and rear suspensions and showcased an inline-four engine that was transverse-mounted.
- The designers wanted to create a car that was fuel-efficient and fun, which evolved into this popular sports car.
- Some models were convertibles while others were traditional hard tops
We’ll keep you posted as more details come to fruition about this incredible news, but in the meantime, why not check out our current lineup of sports cars? You can see both the Toyota 86 and Toyota Supra in person today at Toyota of Orlando at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 across from the Millenia Mall.