2012 Toyota Prius V: full details and specs revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 24, 2011

Despite the problems that Toyota faces in Japan, it has decided to stick to its launch schedule. Last Monday, the Prius v was fully revealed. Aimed at the decision-makers in young families, the Prius v is fitted with the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system featured on the existing Prius.

It is a series-parallel hybrid that consists of an Atkinson cycle 98hp 1.8l four-cylinder engine mated to two high-output motors. It has an EPA rating of 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined.

The Prius v has fewer options than the current Prius. Four driving modes (standard, Eco, EV and Power) are available. It also features Pitch and Bounce Control for on-the-go suspension adjustments. As it is targeted at families, it is slightly larger than the current model.

Another of its highlights is that it uses easy cleaning seat material called SofTex. There is a cargo space of 34.3 cubic feet under the hatch.

This was achieved by using sliding second row seats and several storage spaces like a center console utility tray, dual glove boxes, and five cup holders in large and medium sizes. The Prius v also features JBL GreenEdge audio system, Entune, HDD Navigation system and USB ports.

The new Prius V – with sleek yet rounded exterior styling – is gifted with an extended roofline that enables it to still feature Prius’ triangular silhouette. Up front, the new Prius V boasts of a trapezoidal-shaped facade marked by sharp-edged headlamps and aero corners, as well as an enlarged under grille. At the rear, the new Toyota Prius V is distinguished by a refined backdoor panel, complex combination taillights and a roof spoiler that is specially designed to improve airflow.

The interior of the new Toyota Prius V offers a roomy and flexible cabin that is ideal for active families. Interior comfort and visibility are highly augmented by the Prius V’s high seating position and ample head room. Moreover, the interior of the vehicle boasts of a 38-inch couple distance that allows for generous rear legroom. The hatch of the Toyota Prius V could be opened wide and low, thereby providing access to 34.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats.

This level of roominess makes the new Toyota Prius V the most spacious dedicated hybrid vehicle currently available on the market. Its seating capacity is enough to comfortably accommodate five persons, with the sliding second row seats allowing for trouble-free access in and out of the cabin. These seats also provide rear-storage flexibility and offer a 45-degree recline for a higher level of comfort.

In addition, the 60/40 split of the folding rear seats offers four different seat arrangements for a more flexible way of accommodating passengers and luggage, with the fold-flat front-passenger seat allowing owners to load extremely long cargo. Customers may also avail of the resin Panoramic View moonroof -- with power retractable sun shades – that offers outstanding heat insulation while being around 40 percent lighter than same-sized conventional glass roofs.

Now featuring advanced looks and user-friendly commands are the controls on the instrument-panel -- a single-dial air-conditioning control and a digital combination meter mounted on the center. Marked in silver trim are the vehicle’s driving controls like its Push Button Start, electronic shift lever, driving mode selection and parking switch.

Standard features for the new Toyota Prius V include a Smart Key System with Push Button Start, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), a back-up camera and an electronic shift lever. The new Toyota Prius V is provided with four driving modes -- Normal, Power, Eco and EV – that allow drivers to adapt to any road condition according to their preferences. Now offered as optional features are LED headlamps, Advanced Parking Guidance System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with a Pre-Collision System (PCS). Occupant safety comes in the form of a high-strength cabin, an energy-absorbing body structure with impact beams, leg absorption pads and cross members as well as seven airbags.

In addition, the driver and front-passenger seats now feature a design that could reduce potential whiplash injury during a collision. Of course, the new Prius V has Toyota's Star Safety System standard, which includes Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as well as the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.

Interestingly, the new Toyota Prius V will be the brand’s first vehicle to be installed with the Toyota Entune multimedia system that allows a smatphone to offer a richer in-vehicle experience with its integrated and wireless navigation, entertainment and information services.

Toyota Entune also includes support for apps like Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com and is able to access useful services that would be useful during a trip like live weather, location of fuel stations and fuel price and traffic, as well as stocks, news and sports. Furthermore, Toyota Entune offers access to iheartradio's 750+ stations, Pandora's personalized music and over 170 stations from XM satellite radio as well as songs stored in portable media players and iPods.

Press Release

Toyota Prius V

The new Toyota Prius V, with "v" expressing the vehicle's versatility, will meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles while providing the same attributes traditionally found in the Prius DNA. It will share the current generation Prius' platform and Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. Featuring a compact exterior yet spacious interior, the Toyota Prius V will feature over 50-percent more interior cargo space than the current Prius.

With a balance between outstanding spaciousness, refined style, and smooth aerodynamics, Toyota Prius V has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, which does not inhibit the vehicle's convenient packaging. It is a new vehicle designed from the ground up, with a shape that evolved from Prius rather than being an elongated version.

The exterior styling is sleek, rounded and bold, with an extended roofline that allows the vehicle to retain the triangular silhouette symbolic of Prius. The trapezoidal-shaped front features sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero corners for improved aerodynamics and an enlarged under grille, which all help create a unique design evolving from the current Prius. Toyota Prius V's rear styling is highlighted by a refined backdoor panel, intricate combination taillights and a specially designed roof spoiler that improves air flow.

Inside, the Toyota Prius V emphasizes overall proportion with spaciousness and flexibility for active families. Comfortable interior space and good visibility has been assisted by a high seating position, ample head room, and an impressive 38-inch couple distance, providing generous rear legroom. A low, wide-opening rear hatch reveals 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, making it the most spacious dedicated hybrid vehicle on the market and better than some compact SUVs.

Comfortable seating for five is specifically designed for young families. Sliding second row seats allow for easier ingress and egress and rear-storage flexibility, with a 45-degree recline for greater comfort. The 60/40 split, folding rear seats present four different seat arrangements that provide excellent usability for passengers and luggage, while a fold-flat front-passenger seat allows for extremely long cargo.

Also available, and a Toyota-first, is a resin Panoramic View moonroof with power retractable sun shades that provides an open atmosphere in the cabin with a 40-percent reduction in weight as compared to conventional glass roofs of the same size, and excellent heat insulation performance.

Up front, instrument-panel controls, including a single-dial air-conditioning control and a center-mounted digital combination meter, provide an advanced look and user-friendly command. The driving controls - including the Push Button Start, parking switch, electronic shift lever, and driving mode selection - are distinguished by silver trim.

Despite the spaciousness of a family friendly midsize vehicle, the Toyota Prius V will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined, the best fuel economy ratings of any SUV, crossover, or wagon on the market. It will also emit 66-percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle.

Like the current generation Prius, the Toyota Prius V is a showcase of technology that will include many of the same standard features. Four driving modes (Normal, Power, Eco and EV) satisfy a variety of road conditions and driver preferences. A Smart Key System with Push Button Start, an electronic shift lever, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and a back-up camera are standard. Available options include energy-efficient LED headlamps, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with a Pre-Collision System (PCS), and Advanced Parking Guidance System.

For a high level of safety, there are seven airbags, a high-strength cabin and an energy-absorbing body structure with impact beams, cross members and leg absorption pads. New driver and front-passenger seat design helps lessen possible whiplash injury during a collision.

Like all Toyota models, the Prius V will feature Toyota's Star Safety System™ standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.

Toyota Prius V will be one of the first Toyotas with the Entune™ multimedia system. For the first time ever in an automobile, this innovative new system leverages the mobile phone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated and wireless upgradeable navigation, entertainment and information services.

Toyota Entune debuts the first-ever support for engaging mobile apps, such as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com, along with accessing useful travel-related services, such as live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, news and sports.

Toyota Entune brings the largest selection of music options available to a vehicle, including iheartradio's 750+ stations, Pandora's personalized music, the driver's personal songs from portable media players and iPods (via USB or Bluetooth audio streaming), and more than 170 stations from XM satellite radio.

Featuring a best-in-class, advanced conversational voice recognition system that helps the driver to stay focused on the road, Toyota Entune eliminates the need to memorize thousands of voice commands and helps reduce driver distraction.

Entune will also allow for audio read-back and replay capabilities for text messages, with the ability to respond by pre-set "Quick Reply Messages."

Toyota Prius V will combine Entune with a standard Display Audio system rich with dynamic entertainment and communication features. The system will include HD Radio with iTunes tagging for future purchase; XM radio, weather, sports, stocks and local fuel pricing; Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless audio; and full iPod integration including music and video.

A new evolution in hybrid vehicles with excellent cargo space and Prius' heritage of environmental performance and fuel economy, the 2012 Prius V will go on sale in late summer 2011.

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