Toyota Prius+ (2012–)

Model History

March 2011

The Prius+ (European name for Prius V) made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor show, representing further expansion of Toyota’s Prius family. It is the first full hybrid model in Europe to offer seven seats, combining family friendly versatility with strong environmental performance and advanced technology.

As its name suggests, Prius+ provides a significant increase in space and passenger accommodation compared to its sister hatchback model. There are three independent, split-folding second row seats and a 50:50 split-folding third row. In spite of the increase in size, it retains the fundamental performance benefits associated with Prius, including the lowest fuel consumption of any seven-seater on the market.

Set to go on sale during the first half of 2012, Prius+ is a new vehicle, designed from the ground up. Its exterior represents an evolution of the established Prius design, rather than simply being an elongated version of the standard model.

The look of the new car is characterised by its extended roofline with an integrated panoramic (fixed) sunroof. It retains the Prius triangular silhouette and achieves a Cd 0.29 drag coefficient. The trapezoidal front end incorporates sharp-edged headlamps, flat, vertical ‘aero’ corners that reduce air turbulence, and an enlarged lower grille to improve aerodynamics and engine cooling.

The rear of the car features a top-hinged tailgate, intricate lamp clusters and a roof spoiler that further manages smooth airflow.

Prius+ is equipped with the latest generation of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive and is the first Toyota non-plug-in hybrid to use a lithium-ion battery pack. The compact dimensions of this battery – first introduced in Prius Plug-in – allow it to be contained entirely beneath the second row seats, which means passenger and loadspace and the vehicle’s interior flexibility are unaffected.

As in the standard Prius, Prius+ features three ‘on-demand’ drive modes so that capabilities of the hybrid powertrain can be fully exploited. EV mode allows the car to be driven on electric motor power alone, resulting in zero fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions; ECO mode maximises hybrid system efficiency and fuel economy, while POWER mode sharpens response and boosts performance.

January 2012

Toyota Prius V (v for versatility) uses the same full hybrid powertrain as the current generation Prius hatchback, with a more flexible design to meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles. Featuring a spacious interior within a compact exterior, it offers more than 50 per cent more interior cargo space than its sister model. Length: 4,615mm; Width: 1,775mm; Height: 1,600mm with Panoramic Roof, standard on UK cars.

Inside the cabin design is spacious and flexible to meet the demands of modern active families. A high seating position supports overall comfort and good visibility, with ample headroom and an impressive 965mm couple distance that delivers good legroom for rear seat passengers.

The low- wide-opening rear hatch allows for easy loading, with 970 litres of loadspace behind the rear seats – more space than in some compact SUV models. The second row seats have slide adjustment, making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle, and can be reclined through 45 degrees. The 60:40 split-folding function adds to the flexibility of the interior, while the front passenger seat can also be folded flat to allow longer items to be carried.

Prius v will be available with a new Toyota-developed resin panoramic sunroof that marks an 18kg weight saving compared to glass roofs of the same size, while giving excellent heat insulation performance.

In spite of its size, Prius is expected to achieve the best fuel efficiency of any SUV, crossover or estate on the US market and produce 66 per cent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average US new vehicle. Prius v will share many of the advanced, user-friendly technologies that feature in Prius hatchback, including Normal, Power, Eco and EV driving modes, push button start and e-CVT electronic gear shift.

April 2012

Available to order from £26,195, first UK deliveries of Toyota's new 7-seater Prius Plus take place in July 2012.

This is the first mainstream Toyota hybrid to use a lighter and more compact lithium-ion battery pack and in T4 trim emits just 96g/km CO2, making it the only seven-seat model on the UK market to come in below the 100g/km CO2 threshold for zero road tax. (CO2 from the T Spirit is 101g/km.) Official fuel economy figures are 68.9mpg for the T4 and 64.2mpg for the T Spirit.

Installing the slim lithium-ion battery neatly within the centre console avoids any intrusion on the space available for rear seat passengers and for load carrying. Five separate folding rear seats are provided and with all of these in place there is 200 litres of luggage space; with the third row stowed, this figure rises to 505 litres.

The range of equipment and styling options for Prius+ is awaiting confirmation, but leather upholstery and the Toyota Touch and Go Plus system will both be available for T4models. Seven exterior colours are available for Prius+: Pure White and Astral Black (solid); Decuma Grey, Tyrol Silver, Vermilion Red and Orion Blue (metallics); and White Pearl (pearlescent). The T4 grade comes with Hayama grey cloth upholstery, with Nagara black leather fitted to the T Spirit.

October 2014

Prius+ updated for 2015

The revised front-end features a new upper grille and a more prominent Toyota badge that extends the forward line of the bonnet. There are new LED headlights, which use a cylindrical projector for both high and low beam. Their slim profile and contrasting black and chrome plating give Prius+ a distinctive sharp-eyed appearance.

Two new body colours will be available: Dark Sherry metallic and Attitude Black mica (details of UK colours will be announced later).

Changes in the cabin include a dark silver metallic finish for the driver’s switchgear and the air conditioning dial control and a chrome finish for the door handles. There are two new chrome-trimmed, slim-line air vents in the centre console and a new 4.2-inch colour TFT information screen, controlled using switchgear on the steering wheel. As well as basic information such as clock, trip indicator, cruising range fuel consumption, the screen also displays the Hybrid System Indicator and Energy monitor – features common to all Toyota hybrids. It also provides a new “Eco Judge” function, designed to help the driver maximise the powertrain’s efficiency, giving a points score for their eco-driving style.

The 2015 Prius+ is fitted as standard with the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system, including touchscreen control, Bluetooth and reversing camera. This can be upgraded – Toyota Touch 2 with Go – to provide additional satellite navigation, live traffic information and, via Toyota’s online portal, an expanded range of connected services, text-to-speech function and 3D city modelling with landmark graphics.

The equipment upgrade extends to the availability of electric seat adjustment, a front centre armrest and Intelligent Park Assist. Safety features have also been improved with the introduction of an emergency brake signal, which triggers all side indicators in the event of sudden braking. Hill-start Assist Control is automatically activated when the car detects an uphill gradient.

Toyota has also improved Prius+ ride and handling, making adjustments to the suspension damping force. New sound absorption material has been introduced in the side of the rear compartment to reduce noise intrusion in the cabin. The hybrid powertrain has been upgraded to comply with Euro6 emissions standards.

December 2014

Toyota confirmed prices and specifications for 2015 Prius+

to UK buyers. A new three-grade line-up increases choice, with Excel Plus joins the established Icon and Excel models.

All 2015 Prius come with LED headlamps, new LED rear light clusters and a sharper front-end treatment. Entry level Icon gains latest Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and reversing camera, plus TPMS. Inside gets redesigned centre console, dark trim finish and improved seat fabrics. A colour TFT screen has been added to the upper instrument panel.

On Excel and Excel Plus models, Toyota Touch 2 with Go system adds navigation and connectivity, including access to live traffic information and, via Toyota’s online portal, an expanded range of connected services, text-to-speech function and 3D city modelling with landmark graphics.

Excel and Excel Plus Prius+ also feature Toyota’s Pre-Crash Safety system, which is designed to help the driver avoid a collision, or to reduce the consequences should an impact happen. PCS uses a millimetre-wave radar to scan the road ahead and determine the risk of an impact. When it senses a high collision risk, it warns the driver and prepares the brakes for optimum operation; if an impact is deemed unavoidable, it tightens the front seatbelts and activates pre-crash braking.

Adaptive Cruise Control uses the same radar to monitor the distance from the vehicle ahead when driving in traffic, slowing the Prius+ down safely when required and returning to the pre-set cruising speed when the road is clear.

Parking is easier with Toyota’s Intelligent Parking Assist. This will scan a viable parking space and provide automatic steering to guide the Prius+ into place (with the driver maintaining control of the brakes and throttle). The system can also help you exit from a tight parking space.

Additional features on the Excel Plus model include full leather seat upholstery and, reinforcing Prius+ status as an excellent family vehicle, a twin DVD rear seat entertainment package.

The arrival of the new 2015 Prius+ is also marked by the addition of two new metallic paint options: Sienna Bronze and Galaxy Black.

Prius+ retains its smooth, refined and efficient hybrid powertrain, delivering official combined cycle performance figures of 68.9mpg and (road tax-exempt) 96g/km when fitted with 16-inch wheels and 64.2mpg and 101g/km with 17-inch wheels.

Key equipment features

ICON

EXCEL adds

EXCEL PLUS adds

16in alloy wheels

17in alloy wheels

Full leather seat upholstery

Dusk-sensing headlights

Pre-Crash Safety system

DVD rear seat entertainment package (x2 independent monitors)

Rain-sensing wipers

Adaptive Cruise Control

Toyota Touch 2 with DAB, Bluetooth and 6 speakers

Intelligent Park Assist

Reversing camera
LED headlights
Colour TFT screen
Smart Entry and Start
Front fog lamps
Rear privacy glass
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Heated front seats
Automatic air conditioning
Cruise Control
Tyre pressure warning system

Prices and options

On-the-road prices for the 2015 Prius+: -

MODEL

OTR PRICE

Icon

£26,995

Excel

£29,245

Excel Plus

£31,245

Option availability and prices are as follows: -

OPTION

GRADES

PRICE

Toyota 2 with Go

Icon

£750

Rear seat DVD entertainment package

Icon, Excel

£1,250

Leather seat upholstery

Icon, Excel

£1,700

Parking Pack

All grades

£550

Protection Pack

All grades

£325

Metallic paint

All grades

£495

Pearlescent paint

All grades

£650

The 2015 Prius+ is available to order now, with first customer deliveries from January 2015.

May 2016

Toyota has introduced improvements to the Prius + to make it repond more naturally to the accelerator pedal.

This follows adoption of the same changes in the 2016 Prius, the Auris hybrid and Auris Touring Sport hybrid. These use more electric power to support the performance of the 1.8-litre VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol engine and maintain acceleration performance while reducing engine revs by around 1,000rpm. The result is a more relaxed, smoother and quieter drive, reinforcing the hallmark quiet, responsive and intuitive drive quality of Toyota’s full hybrid technology.

The cabin has been improved through a series of additional sound insulation and absorption measures introduced in the door frames, the lower sections of the side and rear doors, the dashboard and the vehicle platform. A tunnel silencer has also been added.

The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system in Prius+ has been upgraded to the latest 2016 version. Using the same centrally mounted touchscreen, it has been made simpler and more intuitive to use with new menu designs for both the overall system and (where fitted) its satellite navigation functions. Connection to the My Toyota on-line customer portal has also been made easier.

The Toyota Touch 2 with Go package has been enriched with the inclusion of three years of map and connectivity updates (customer option of a further two years’ extension). This ensures accurate routes can be planned, together with support from a wide range of apps providing up-to-the-minute information on traffic flow, parking availability, weather and fuel prices. Toyota’s system allows users to link to a number of on-line resources, including Google Search, Google Streetview, Aupeo!, Aha and Twitter.

The 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display in the instrument binnacle is designed for clear communication of vehicle status data to the driver with least distraction. This now includes an initial key lock image that indicates the vehicle is ready to be turned on and a warning when the steering lock is engaged.

The range of seven exterior paint options for Prius+ includes a new shade for 2016, Phantom Blue.