Toyota Prius+September 14, 2011
The new Toyota Prius+ MPV is joining the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
and the Prius to create a complete, stand-alone model range, with respective CO 2 emissions of 99 g/km, 49 g/km and 89 g/km CO 2 .
The Toyota Prius+ is a seven-seat MPV based on Toyota’s full hybrid Prius and it’s made its production car European debut at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, before going on sale throughout Europe in the first half of 2012.
The Toyota Prius+ is the first car to offer European customers the versatility of seven seats combined with a full hybrid powertrain, broadening the appeal of Hybrid Synergy Drive’s environmental credentials and advanced technology to the widest customer base yet.
Prius+ is a new vehicle, designed from the ground up. Toyota says that its exterior design is an evolution, rather than merely an elongated version, of the standard Prius. It has a class leading Cd 0.28 drag coefficient.
As its name suggests, the Prius+ provides a significant increase in space and passenger accommodation. It is 155mm longer than a standard Prius, 30mm wider, and 85mm higher, with a wheelbase extended by 80mm, giving enough room to accommodate adults in all three rows of seats.
The Prius+ has a large, resin panoramic sunroof. A first for a Toyota vehicle, this material and its construction system make it 40 per cent lighter than its glass equivalent. It also has a higher level of heat-resistance. The sunroof includes a door lock-linked automatic shade closing function to prevent cabin temperature from rising when the car is parked in hot weather.
The seven-seat format features three, independent, split/folding second row seats and a 50:50 split/folding third tier. Clear forward visibility for all occupants has been achieved by raising the seat height in each row by 45mm over the one in front, while maintaining ample head clearance and legroom in every row.
Even with seven passengers on board, the Prius+ provides 200 litres of cargo space. With the third seating row stowed, this figure rises to 505 litres.
The adoption of third-row seating has been made possible by the installation of a highly compact, space-saving lithium-ion battery pack within the vehicle centre console between the front seats, offering no compromise to the seven-seat passenger accommodation or loadspace. This is the first lithium-ion battery to be used in a non-plug-in Toyota full hybrid.
Prius+ showcases the latest generation of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which employs a 1.8-litre 98 bhp Atkinson cycle petrol engine and a powerful, 60kW electric motor. Total system power is 134 bhp, enabling the Prius+ to accelerate from nought to 62 mph in 11.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 106 mph. The full hybrid drive system returns both class-leading fuel economy and CO 2 emissions, 65.7 mpg and 99 g/km respectively.
As in the standard Prius, Prius+ features three ‘on-demand’ drive modes to increase the full hybrid powertrain’s capabilities: an EV mode allows for ultra-quiet running on electric motor power alone for up to 1.2 miles, with zero fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions; ECO mode prioritises fuel economy by dampening throttle response and limiting power consumption from the air conditioning system; and POWER mode boosts system performance.
The Prius+ goes on sale throughout Europe in the first half of 2012, with a sales target of around 18,000 units a year.