Prius V Adds Versatility to the Only Hybrid That Matters [Video]
After 13 years on the market, Toyota has finally decided to expand the Prius name into a complete lineup of vehicles. And why not; the Prius has already grown into a brand, described by Toyota Division VP and General Manager Bob Carter as being synonymous with the very word hybrid in the same way Kleenex is used for tissue. It also makes up more than half of all hybrid sales in the U.S.
At first glance the v looks like a conventional Prius with an extended roofline, but the car is actually six inches longer and has a three-inch longer wheelbase. Along with more passenger room, Toyota also says the v delivers 60 percent more cargo space than the standard model.
Powered by the same 134-hp Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Prius v will get 38-mpg city and 42-mpg highway for a 40-mpg combined rating.
Look for complete details on the new Prius v in the near future, with Toyota promising to have models in dealerships by the summer.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Prius v
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Official release after the jump:
1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i
98 hp @ 5,200 rpm
105 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Permanent magnet synchronous motor
Electric motor power output:
80 hp/153 lb-ft torque
Hybrid system net horsepower:
SULEV/Tier 2 Bin 3
Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission
Hybrid battery pack:
Estimated fuel economy:
42 mpg city/38 mpg hwy/ 40 mpg comb.
Coefficient of Drag:
16-inch alloy wheels
17-inch alloy wheels (optional)
17-inch: 215/50R17 (optional)
EPA class rating:
Midsize Station Wagon
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