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Toyota Prius + at the IAA: The Prius in van format

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D as + in the model name of the Toyota Prius +, which was shown to the public for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show in early 2011, stands for versatility. Accordingly, the hybrid van should shine with its spaciousness and flexibility. Its market launch in Europe is planned for the first half of 2012.

Technology comes from the Prius

The Toyota Prius + takes over the platform, which has been extended by 80 millimeters, and the 136 hp hybrid drive from the current Toyota Prius III The rest of the vehicle has been designed from scratch. The compact dimensions remain (length: 4.61 meters, width: 1.78 meters, height: 1.57 meters, wheelbase: 2.78 meters), but the van still allows a 50 percent increase in loading volume. The pollutant emissions should also be below 100 g /km CO2 in the van.

The design of the normal Prius has not been completely discarded either, but has been further developed to match the van shape. The roof line extended to the rear allows the triangular silhouette typical of the Toyota Prius to be adopted. Sharply drawn headlights and an enlarged lower grille, which improves aerodynamics and cooling, form the trapezoidal front section. The rear view is characterized by an elaborately designed rear light unit and a roof spoiler. Overall, the Toyota Prius + should come up with a drag coefficient of 0.29.

Prius + with space for seven

In the interior, the Toyota Prius + should have generous space for the seven passengers on three rows of seats Offer. When the third row of seats was installed, the lithium-ion battery moved from the trunk to the area of ​​the center console. The loading volume should also exceed conventional hybrid models. However, the Japanese still do not provide any precise details. What is clear, however, is that the rear seats can be moved lengthways, the backrests can be adjusted and folded down and the front passenger seat can also fold down the backrest.

Other features of the Toyota Prius + include a panoramic roof made of synthetic resin with electrically operated sun visors, a reversing camera, seven airbags, ESP, ABS and traction control. LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and a precrash system are optional. The new multimedia system can integrate a smartphone and be operated via voice control.


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