Detroit Auto Show 2011: Toyota Prius V

The Toyota is the world’s best selling production hybrid car and is still selling strong. Toyota could have sold even more if the Prius was more practical and comes with a bigger boot. So here is Toyota’s answer to solve the sedan’s practicality issue and to earn even more money. Please welcome the 2012 Toyota Prius V!

‘V’ meaning Versatility, the bigger Toyota Prius is 5 inches longer and an inch wider than the Prius sedan. The V will powered by the same 1.8 liter hybrid engine from the sedan, so with its heavier weight, the V will not be as economical as the sedan but it definitely beats all its competitors for fuel efficiency. The V’s 0.29 drag coefficient and lighter resin panoramic moon roof helps too.

Is a good thing that Toyota actually spent time and cost to redesign both front and rear headlights, new bumpers, and new dashboard as well. I half expect Toyota to remain the sedan’s design on this MPV body, well i’m wrong for good! Speaking of redesigns, Toyota has updated the V’s Entune infotainment as well, with better navigation, improved interface, Bluetooth, and built-in XM Satellite Radio.

And to all car nuts out there, this is the FULL spec list of the Toyota Prius V from the official press release:

2012 PRIUS v PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS Powertrain 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i Engine horsepower: 98 hp @ 5,200 rpm Engine torque:105 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm Electric motor: Permanent magnet synchronous motor Electric motor power output: 80 hp/153 lb-ft torque Hybrid system net horsepower: 134 hp Emission rating: SULEV/Tier 2 Bin 3 Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission Drive System:Front-wheel-drive Hybrid battery pack: Nickel-metal hydride Estimated fuel economy:42 mpg city/38 mpg hwy/ 40 mpg comb. Dimensions (inches) Overall Length: 181.7 Overall Width: 69.9 Overall Height: 62.0 Wheelbase: 109.4 Ground clearance: 5.7 Coefficient of Drag: 0.29 Wheels: 16-inch alloy wheels 17-inch alloy wheels (optional) Tire Size: 16-inch: 205/60R16 17-inch: 215/50R17 (optional) Seating Capacity: 5 EPA class rating: Midsize Station Wagon

The new look on this car does work really well on an MPV body and is growing on me. But what do you think? Take a look at the live shots from the auto show, official photos, and a driving footage as well while you make your decision! Im using slideshow for the first time to view photos, what do you prefer? Slideshow or normal gallery? Please give me your feedback thanks!

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