NAIAS 2011: Toyota unveils Prius v

 

Toyota marked the expansion of its hybrid product line with the introduction of the Prius v at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

The new Prius v, with "v" standing for versatility, comes with four driving modes (Normal, Power, Eco and EV) to address different driver preferences and road conditions.

The Prius v also features Toyota's Star Safety System, which includes traction control, anti-lock braking system, vehicle stability control, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. It also comes with the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.

As Toyota aims to sell the Prius v to buyers with growing families, the vehicle offers 50 percent more space than the third-generation Prius. The vehicle can accommodate five people but the seats may be configured to offer more interior space for cargo.

"Prius v is an all-new dedicated hybrid vehicle, and all future Prius family members will be as well," said Toyota Division Group vice president and general manager Bob Carter. "They will share common Prius attributes, but will be unique, with a special appeal to different buyers."

Here are some of the preliminary specs of the 2012 Prius v:

Powertrain: 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i
Engine horsepower: 98hp @ 5,200rpm
Engine torque: 142hp @ 4,000rpm
Electric motor: Permanent magnet synchronous motor
Electric motor power output: 80hp/153lb-ft torque
Hybrid system net horsepower: 134hp
Emission rating: SULEV/Tier 2 Bin 3
Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission

Drive System: Front-wheel-drive
Hybrid battery pack: Nickel-metal hydride
Estimated fuel economy: 42 mpg city/38 mpg hwy/ 40 mpg combination

Global sale of the Prius v will start this summer. Toyota Motor Philippines has yet to reply to TopGear.com.ph's question on whether or not it plans to bring the Prius v to the local market.

Toyota Motor Philippines brought in the third-generation Prius in June 2009. In 2010, a total of 23 Prius units were sold in the Philippines. Do you think Toyota should also consider offering the Prius v here?

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  • keithdb Jan 12 2011 @ 03:19pm
    and it would be expensive as hell when they sell it here. Our government should have tax exemptions for green technology. the prius is selling in the US and japan for 20K USD and 2M Yen respectively which is roughly equivalent to about 900K in peso.
  • francis.buendia24 Jan 12 2011 @ 06:01pm
    the prius 3rd generation is a million pesos in the philippines..so the prius be can be priced at 2 million or more...if it is brought here.
  • dominic Jan 12 2011 @ 08:37pm
    mukang Grandis
  • Giovchan Jan 12 2011 @ 08:43pm
    wala naman grandis sa US e
  • 6thgear-nitro Jan 12 2011 @ 11:55pm
    hindi lang pang pamilya, pang sports pa
  • rtvaldez67 Jan 13 2011 @ 10:59am
    i hope this will be the future design of the innova.
  • TJPewter Jan 13 2011 @ 02:56pm
    This was based on the Hybrid X. I read it on some site :)))))
  • TJPewter Jan 13 2011 @ 02:56pm
    Looks like the Carens
  • TJPewter Jan 13 2011 @ 02:56pm
    I mean the overall body
  • Julars12 Jan 13 2011 @ 03:32pm
    nice........
  • Adrian Jan 14 2011 @ 07:26pm
    i hope na world selling e2 especially in the Philippines! para mganda competion!
  • JCM Jan 19 2011 @ 04:40pm
    It would cost high. Ang harap Prius the side is Innova ang likod Avanza = Mahal! But it's a good car naman.
  • GTi Jan 21 2011 @ 05:43pm
    Its a nice car, but they could have thrown in 3rd row seating as well.
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