Leaked: Toyota Prius MPV shows its face

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 26, 2010

This is the new Toyota Prius MPV, a new version of the popular hybrid car from the Japanese manufacturer, which will be revealed to the world in January, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Although

there are no details, the vehicle might receive the same technology found on the Prius, which means that we will find the 1.8-liter VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol engine, found also on the recently introduced 2011 Lexus CT 200h.

The total output of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system is 134 hp. The system comprises a 1.8-litre petrol engine, a powerful electric motor, a generator, high performance battery, power control unit (PCU) and a power split device that uses a planetary gear set to combine and reallocate power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to operational requirements. The engine alone generates 98 hp at 5,200rpm and a maximum 142 Nm at 4,200rpm.

The high-performance, permanent magnet, synchronous 60kW electric motor works in tandem with the petrol engine to boost acceleration. It can also work alone in order to power the front wheels, when the car is in EV mode.

The motor generates a maximum 207Nm of torque between zero and 13,000rpm. Furthermore, the Prius lineup will also receive a coupe version, but for the moment no details are available. \

The mask on the third-generation Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle has been taken off at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. This new offering from Toyota aims to improve on the elements delivered by its predecessors in terms of performance, mileage ratings, and even when it comes to standard and available features.

For the past decade, over a million customers around world has taken advantage of superior fuel economy and ultra-low emissions offered by the Toyota Prius. When Toyota launched the first-generation Toyota Prius in 1997, it became the first mass-produced hybrid in world.

In fact, its name fits the Prius -- it means "to go before" in Latin – as this eco-friendly car was introduced to the public even before environmental awareness became a primary social issue. Right from the start, Toyota develops its full-hybrid system in-house, and soon it became a cornerstone of its advanced vehicle technology.

The carmaker then launched its exclusive Hybrid Synergy Drive System in 2004 on the second-generation Toyota Prius, and has sold more than 670,000 in the United States since then. Now, the third-generation Prius comes with existing yet more refined systems and new technologies that could spell the future of automobiles.

Aside from offering a mileage rating of 50 mpg, the latest-generation Toyota Prius is now more spacious and quieter. It also comes with an array of advanced standard and available features like a moonroof with solar panels, Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA) and four driving modes. It also comes with steering wheel touch controls that show up on the instrument panel.

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