First Photos: 2011 Toyota Prius Station Wagon!

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Toyota Prius station wagon, from BurlappCars.com

Toyota Prius station wagon, from BurlappCars.com

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We've written before that Toyota plans to introduce more Prius body styles to expand the reach of its most recognized and iconic hybrid car.

Now, our sister site GreenCarReports.com has uncovered three photos of a possible 2011 Toyota Prius station wagon.

One comes from a blog called Woody's Car Site, which reproduced the image of a Toyota Prius Plug-In in station wagon from BestCar, a Kanji-language magazine from Japan. Two other Japanese media images of a Prius wagon came via BurlappCars.com.

Toyota Prius station wagon, from BurlappCars.com

Toyota Prius station wagon, from BurlappCars.com

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Wagon, from BestCar via Woody's Car Site

Toyota Prius Plug-In Wagon, from BestCar via Woody's Car Site

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toyota hybrid x concept 001

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Real Prius, or artist's rendering?

We're not sure whether any of the photos shows real vehicles, or whether they're only artists' renderings. But the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri said in a recent article that Toyota plans to sell a larger Prius, either a station wagon or sport utility vehicle, by the end of next year.

The newspaper also says the new Prius variant will use lithium-ion cells, rather than the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack used in every one of the more than 1 million Toyota Prius models built thus far.

High-tail Hybrid X concept

It's hardly a secret that Toyota has a number of high-tail designs. At the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, its Hybrid X concept took the look to new heights in a low, sleek form that could be viewed as either a station wagon or a hatchback.

As for the eagerly awaited plug-in Prius, Toyota will provide 150 test versions each to European and U.S. fleets. The first Prius Plug-Ins will be delivered before 2010, but Toyota has resolutely refused to say when retail customers might get their hands on one.

Would you want one?

While station wagon or "estate" versions of hatchbacks are popular in Europe, the phrase "station wagon" seems to be viewed as the kiss of death here in the U.S.

So we're eager to survey our AllAboutPrius.com readers to learn your views.

Tell us: Would you go for a 2011 Toyota Prius station wagon over the 2010 Toyota Prius hatchback version? Give us your thoughts in the comments, below.

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[Woody's Car Site, BurlappCars.com, BurlappCars.com, Yahoo News via GreenCarReports]

 
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