The new 2012 Toyota Prius V revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, with "v" expressing the vehicle's versatility, will meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles while providing the same attributes traditionally
found in the Prius DNA. It will share the current generation Prius' platform and Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. The new Toyota Prius v will combine the practicability of a minivan with the hybrid drivetrain of a Prius hatchback model.
2012 Toyota Prius V has a relatively large footprint as it measures 181.7 inches long, 69.9 inches wide and 62.0 inches tall. the v rides on a 109.4 inch wheelbase which translates into a spacious cabin that has "generous rear legroom" and 34.3 cubic feet (971.2 liters) of cargo capacity behind the rear seats.
The exterior is sleek, rounded and bold, with an extended roofline that allows the vehicle to retain the triangular silhouette symbolic of Prius. The trapezoidal-shaped front features sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero corners for improved aerodynamics and an enlarged under grille, which all help create a unique design evolving from the current Prius. Toyota Prius V's rear is highlighted by a refined backdoor panel, intricate combination taillights and a specially designed roof spoiler that improves air flow.
The interior offers high seating position, ample head room, and an impressive 38-inch couple distance, providing generous rear legroom. A first for Toyota is a resin Panoramic View moonroof with power retractable sun shades that provides an open atmosphere in the cabin with a 40% reduction in weight as compared to conventional glass roofs of the same size.
Toyota Prius V will get an 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine that delivers 98 HP combined with an electric motor, for a total output of 134 net horsepower. The Prius v will deliver an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined.
A new evolution in hybrid vehicles with excellent cargo space and Prius' heritage of environmental performance and fuel economy, the 2012 Prius V will go on sale in late summer 2011.