Restyled 2015 Prius V
- 60% More Cargo Space than Prius Liftback
- 5.6L/100km Combined Fuel Consumption Rating
- New Front Styling and Taillights Sharpen the Distinctive Design
- Upgraded Audio and Multimedia Offerings
- Newly Available Power Driver and Front Passenger Seats
- Upgraded Advanced Technology Package Now Includes Automatic Hight Beams and Lane Departure Alert
(TORONTO, ON. - November 19, 2014) The Toyota Prius V - the "big Prius" - gets a new look for 2015. But Toyota didnt' mess with the outstanding roominess in the largest model of the Prius Family, a car sized for families with an excellent 5.6L/100km combined fuel economy rating.
Revised front and rear styling and striking new colours to the Prius V lineup including Attitude Black Metallic, Absolutely Red and Toasted Walnut Pearl give Prius V a fresh attitude. The new front bumper, grille, available integrated fog lights and LED projector low and high-beam headlights contribute to the roomy Prius V sporty makeover. Inside, new Audio systems bring new mulimedia capabilities. The newly availaable 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, plus 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat brings even more comfort to the already high-utility interior. Technology is updated with a standard 4.2-inch TFT for the 2015 model year.
The 'v'in the Prius V stands for versatility, which seems appropriate since it's a highly efficient vehicle that offers plenty of cargo room. Using the proven Hybrid Synergy Drive system of the Prius liftback, the Prius V delivers an estimated 5.4L/100km city / 5.8L/100km highway - 5.6L/100km combined ratings; an exceptional level of efficiency for such a roomy and versatile vehicle.
The Prius V rides on a 81mm longer wheelbase and is 150mm longer overall that Prius liftback. Those modest differences in exterior dimensions yield nearly 60 percent more cargo space with 971.3L behice the rear seats vs. 611.6L for the Prius liftback. With its 60/40 split folding seats folded down, the Prius V offers 1905.7L of carrying space. The low, wide-opening tailgate provides easy access, and the fold-flat front-passenger seat allows the vehicle to carry long items. And, the sliding second row seats let you adjust room for passengers or cargo.
A Peek into the future: Simple, Easy Controls
Get behind the whell of a Prius V, and you'll be struck by the cockpit's clean yet futuristic appearance. You'll also be pleased to see how easy the controls are to see and use. The centre-mounted instrument panel puts vital information at eye level. Don't look for a shift lever or parking brake handle - push buttons are used to start and operate the car, and the drive-by-wire shift toggle replaces a clunky lever. A single automatic climate control dial looks advaned and works with ease.
The available SofTex seat material is designed to resist spills and wear - perfect for a family vehicle. As the name suggests, it's soft to touch and is also lighter than leather and other traditional leatherette-type materials, and it's production generates 85% fewer volatile organic compounds than conventional synthetic leather production.
The new 4.2 inch TFT screen nestled between the gauges is also standard on Prius V. The screen's animation displays a wide ranhge of vehicle functions including odometer, clock, climate control settings, fuel economy, cruising range, hybrid system information, audio menu, simple navigation indicator and warning messages.
You'll find useful storage spaces throughout the Prius V, including dual gloveboxes, a centre console storage box and utility tray and five cup holders. Bottle holders are built into every door pocket, and most models feature on overhead storage space that can hold sunglasses. Storage units build into the sides of the luggage compartment hold smaller items and there's another space under the floor, suitable for storing items like car wash supplies or gloves. There's even a space under the rear seats specifically designed to store umbrellas.
Hybrid Synergy Drive: The Hybrid Gold Standard
Toyota's clear hybrid leadership shines throught the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which combines the output of a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor. A full hybrid, the Prius V can run on the gasoline engine alone, battery alone, or a combination of both.
The system's combined 134 net system horsepower feels even stronger to the drive due to the unique way the system combines the torque of the gasoline egine and electric motor through a continuously variable transmission. Automatic start/stop helps to reduce fuel consumption in urban driving.
Like the Prius liftback, the Prius V presents the driver with the choice of four driving modes, NORMAL, POWER, ECO and EV. POWER mode enhances the mid-range response for better performance on slopes and mountainous terrain. ECO mode adjusts throttle input and climate control to maximize fuel economy. In EV mode, the Prius can drive on battery power alone a low speeds for about a mile under certain conditions.
When operating under battery power along, the Prius V is ultra-quiet, so a Vehicle Proximity Notification System helps alert pedestrians and cyclists by emitting a warning sound.
As in other Toyota hybrids, the Prius V employs numerous special features to squeeze maximum efficiency out of every gallon of regular-grade gasoline. Regnerative braking helps to recapture electrical energyt under deceleration, sending it to the battery, which helps to reduce fuel consumption.
The electric water pump and electric power steering work without accessory drive belts, which help reduce maitenance costs. Likewise, the climate control system uses and electronically driven compresso, so the air conditioning can run even when the gasoline engine shuts off. The available single LED projector low and high-beam headlights enhance visibility while reducing electric draw and are designed to be virtually maitenance free for the expected life of the vehicle.
Keeping the Connection
The Prius V is equipped with Toyota's latest multimedia technology. The standard 6.1" display audio system features six speakers, USB connectivity, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, backup camera, and an auxilary input jack. The display also provides vehicle information and allows the driver to customize their vehicle settings.
The Prius V Luxury Package adds a 7" display with AVN Premium Navigation, six speakers and SiriusXM satellite radio; synthetic leather wrapped steering wheel; 8-way power driver seat; 4-way power passenger seat; heated front seats; SofTex leather seats; auto-dimming rear view mirror; front passenger door handle touch sensor lock and unlock feature; and more.
The available Technology Package adds 17" aluminum alloy wheels; automatic LED headlamps; fog lamps; a panoramic sunroof; dynamic radar cruis control; lane departure alert; and pre-collision system.