The 2015 Toyota Prius V has been revealed with an updated exterior and additional standard equipment.
Dubbed Prius+ in some markets, Toyota’s refreshed seven-seat hybrid MPV features a new upper grille with a more prominent badge that extends forward of the line of the bonnet.
New LED headlamps are set in reshaped headlights that are slimmer and now include black and chrome plating.
The gloss black lower grille adopts the trapezoid shape shared with a number of Toyota models, and combined with the reshaped vertical side intakes and LED daytime running lights creates the impression of a wider front end.
The rear also gets a fresh look thanks to new tail-lights with red lenses, new trim around the licence plate, and a diffuser integrated into the bumper.
Two new paint colours will be available in Europe: Dark Sherry metallic and Attitude Black mica.
Changes to the cabin include new dark silver metallic and chrome finishes across the trim and switchgear, and a new 4.2-inch TFT screen with traditional trip computer information and hybrid data including an Eco Judge function that scores the driver on their eco-driving ability.
Toyota has also made adjustments to the Prius V’s suspension damping force, claiming improved ride and handling, and has added extra sound absorption material in the side of the rear compartment to reduce noise intrusion in the cabin.
Toyota also says the Prius V’s hybrid powertrain has been upgraded to comply with Euro 6 emissions standards, though has given no details of the changes made.
The company says full details will be released closer to its introduction in 2015.
Toyota Australia product public relations manager Steve Coughlan told CarAdvice it expects the updated Prius V to reach local showrooms around the middle of next year.