Toyota’s larger Prius V goes on sale in Japan

Toyota’s larger Prius V goes on sale in Japan

Despite severe production and supply issues after the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster Toyota has just put its Prius V on sale in its domestic market.

The second model in Toyota’s growing Prius range will be sold in Japan as the Prius Alpha. The new Prius V is based on the current third-generation Prius but is a larger vehicle and will be sold with seven- and five-seating capacities. It also features a much more advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Even in five-seater form, the Prius V offers an impressive 60 percent more luggage capacity than the standard Prius. It also is longer and higher which means extra head and legroom for passengers.

Mechanically the Prius V differs little from the standard model using the same 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine matched with an electric motor. Power output for the petrol engine is rated at 73kW and 142Nm, with the electric motor chipping in another 60kW and 207Nm of torque.

Fuel consumption has suffered with the larger body shape and is rated at 5.9 l/100km, this sits between the 3.9 l/100km economy of the Prius and 6.0 l/100km of Toyota’s Hybrid Camry.

The Prius V hasn’t been confirmed for the NZ market and even if it does make it here, with Toyota’s production problems it won’t be anytime soon.

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