Besides the Prius C Concept, Toyota also unveiled today the Prius V, where ‘V’ expresses the vehicle’s versatility. As expected, the car offers over 50-percent more interior cargo space than the current Prius but also a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, which means it is bigger and still fuel-efficient.
The car offers the same powertrain as the current Toyota Prius, which means that we will find a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine delivering 98 hp @ 5,200 rpm, but also an electric motor in order to deliver a total output of 134 hp.
Although the Prius delivers a fuel economy of 50 mpg, the new Prius V will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined. Still, these are the best fuel economy ratings of any SUV, crossover, or wagon on the market.
Regarding the design, the new Prius V carries the same design philosophy as the current Prius model and this means that you will find a trapezoidal-shaped front with sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero corners and an enlarged under grille.
The rear end of the car features a refined backdoor panel, new taillights and a specially designed roof spoiler that improves air flow. Moreover, the new Prius V introduces a Toyota-first: 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 compared to the conventional glass roofs.
Just like the current Prius mode, the Prius V comes with the same standard features, such as: four driving modes (Normal, Power, Eco and EV), 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.
Moreover, we will find seven airbags, a high-strength cabin and an energy-absorbing body structure with impact beams, cross members and leg absorption pads, 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. 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. The new Prius V will make its debut in late summer 2011, as a 2012 model year.