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Toyota Australia has announced the addition of the Prius V seven-seat family variant to the local lineup, with an arrival time of around May.

The Toyota Prius V is an elongated seaven-seat Prius that should appeal to growing families without compromising the original Prius’ environmentally conscious principles. It’s powered by Toyota’s latest Hybrid Synergy Drive® powertrain.

Prius V comes with a 73kW 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine and a 60kW electric motor. Together the total power is rated at 100kW (it’s not a case of just adding the two figures together).

Although it may look like a stretched version of the current Prius (wheelbase extended by 80mm), Toyota says the Prius V was designed from scratch and is an evolution of the Prius hatch.

All external body panels are unique to the Prius V and it measures 135mm longer, 35mm wider and sits 100mm higher than the Prius hatch.

The Toyota Prius V is the first Toyota hybrid to land in Australia with lithium-ion batteries. The new battery packs (which are lighter and more advanced than the nick-metal hydride battery used in the current Prius) are located in the centre console between the passenger and driver.

Fuel economy figures are still unconfirmed, but in the US cycle the Prius V uses 4.6L/100km (compared to 3.8L/100km for the Prius’ US cycle), so we suspect the fuel figure to be in the mid to high fours when it goes on sale in Australia.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said the Prius V is set to retain the original’s emphasis on fuel economy and environmental performance.

“Due to the placement of the lithium-ion battery pack between the front seats, there is minimal compromise to the MPV-style seven-seat passenger accommodation or the load space,” Mr Callachor said.

Pricing for the Prius V is still unconfirmed but in other markets the Prius V has gone on sale for similar or even lower prices than the Prius hatch ($35-46,000).

Interested? Read our Toyota Prius V Review.




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