Toyota is set to launch the first full-hybrid seven-seat MPV in Europe -- the Prius+ -- as it continues to expand its hybrid technology into new areas of the market. The innovative new model integrates the practicality of a traditional people carrier with ultra-efficient performance. Furthermore, it is the first mainstream Toyota hybrid to utilize a more compact, lighter lithium-ion battery pack.
The Prius+ comes in T4 and T Spirit trims. With the remarkable efficiency of its Hybrid Synergy Drive engine, its wind-cheating aerodynamics and light weight, the Prius+ in T4 grade generates 96 g/km. It is the only seven-seat model in the UK market to fall below the 100g/km carbon dioxide threshold for zero road tax and London congestion charge exemption.
The output from the T Spirit trim is 101 g/km. Official figures for fuel economy is at 64.2mpg for the T Spirit and 68.9mpg for the T4. The slim lithium-ion battery is installed neatly within the center console to prevent intrusions on the space provided for load carrying and for back seat passengers.
There are five separate folding back seats provided, and when filled, there is still an available luggage space of 200 liters.
The space increases to 505 liters with the third row put away. The range of styling and equipment options for Prius+ is still waiting for confirmation, but the Toyota Touch and Go Plus system as well as leather upholstery will be both available for the T4 models.
There are seven exterior color options for the Prius+. These are: Tyrol Silver, Decuma Grey, Orion Blue and Vermilion Red (metallic); White Pearl (pearlescent); and Pure White and Astral Black (solid). The T4 grade features Hayama grey cloth upholstery. It has Nagara black leather clad into the T Spirit.