Detroit 2011 – Toyota Prius V

Toyota Prius V

In the last decade Toyota managed to sell almost one million units of their very popular Prius hybrids and with the introduction of the Prius V, the Japanese automaker hopes that this trend will go on in the future, hopefully even better than before. The car has all the good stuff from the regular Prius but it does however offer something more than that: the 38 inches of leg room in the back, the 34.3 cubic feet of space for all your belongings and the a fuel economy that not many cars can have, make it a very interesting car despite its rather dull exterior appearance.

In comparison with the original Prius, the V is 5 inches longer and a whole inch wider. Due to the fact that it has the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder hybrid power unit, it will not be able to do reach that magic number of 50 miles per gallon efficiency like its little brother. However, it will do 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway which can’t be done by most of the cars in this segment. The engine is capable of outputting 98 hp at 5,200 rpm and 105 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. The electric motor can produce 80 hp and 153 lb ft. The hybrid system net power is 134 hp.

Toyota Prius V

A premiere for a Toyota model will be the Panoramic View moonroof with power retractable sun shades that will not only provide an open and bright atmosphere in the cabin of the Prius, but it is also 40% less heavy in comparison to traditional glass roofs that have the same size. In the front, the instrument panel controls as well as the single-dial AC control along with the center-installed digital combination meter, provide a very user-friendly command and intuitive approach. Silver trim was used for the driving mode selection, the electronic shift lever as well as for the parking switch and the Push Button Start.

Similar with the outgoing generation of the Prius, the new model will sport four driving modes, as follows: normal, power, eco and EV) that are able to satisfy a wide variety of driver preferences and road conditions. Other worth-mentioning features that come as standard on the Prius V include: HAC – Hill Start Assist Control, back-up camera, electronic shift lever and a smart key system with push button start. As far as the optional features are concerned, customers can choose from one of the following: Advanced Parking Guidance System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with a Pre-Collision System and LED headlamps.

Toyota Prius V

Regarding the safety features of the Prius V, the car comes with seven airbags, an energy-absorbing structure with impact beams, leg absorption pads and cross members. In addition, it features a high-strength cabin and both the driver and front passenger seats have a design that minimizes the whiplash injury that might occur during an accident. Similar with the rest of the lineup of the Japanese automaker, the Prius V will feature as standard the proprietary Star Safety System that includes the following: smart stop technology brake-override system, brake assist, EBD – Electronic Brake-force Distribution, ABS, traction control and VSC – Vehicle Stability Control.

In addition, the Prius V will be one of the first Toyotas that will come equipped with the Entune entertainment system that offers support for mobile applications, along with the possibility to access useful information about weather, gas prices and others as well. This system will be combined with the standard display audio system that offers HD radio (with iTunes), XM radio, iPod support and Bluetooth.

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