Monday, 12 December 2011

2012 Toyota Prius V to be showcased at 2012 Auto Expo

Toyota Motors have decided to unveil the Prius V concept which will be productionized in the same year at the upcoming 2012 Auto Expo.

“V” here for “Versatility”. That's the 2012 Toyota Prius V's hook, and though it drops the "MP" from MPV, it's precisely that--and awfully familiar, too

Unlike its sibling, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid comes with an extended 5.2 kilowatt-hour battery pack, on-board charger and revised software enabling it to travel at up to 60 mph on electric power alone.

As the first all-new member of the coming Toyota Prius family, the Prius V delivers a new take on the world's most familiar hybrid.  The differences for the Prius V are few, but significant: it gets 50 percent more cargo space, and a first for a Toyota hybrid with an optional retractable panoramic moonroof. Split folding 60/40 rear seats enable many configurations for passengers and cargo, while fuel economy is a strong 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway for 40 mpg combined--less than the standard Prius hatch, but still good for a roomy MPV.

Also announced at the Prius V unveiling is the Prius C Concept, the next member to join the Prius family of cars, and as the C intimates, it's a more compact, B-segment five-door hatch. The design is still fairly out there as it's a concept, but you can see the gist of what will eventually arrive as a production model.

Also, watch the Video of the car showcased at Detroit Auto Show.


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