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.