The Toyota Prius Liftback has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid has followed for 2017. But the other two members of the Prius family, the Prius C and the Prius V, have continued their sales down. Tthe first spy shots of the 2019 Toyota Prius V, and it seems that what was once a wagon will become a crossover utility vehicle. The front of the tester presents the face of the new Prius V, which was clearly influenced by the current Prius. However, the flared wheel arches and the larger body height suggest a harder and more SUV-like position. The SUV transformation is further evidenced by the fact that engineers grafted on the tail of a Lexus NX on this test mule.
The platform is Toyota’s modular TNGA design, a lightweight, rugged platform that debuted in the current Prius. The platform provides a low center of gravity and increased body rigidity, resulting in more responsive handling and improved ride comfort. Counter for spéano, a do not like tray 300 does not like any results
There is little mystery surrounding the powertrain of the 2018 Prius V. Expect to share the gasoline-electric Hybrid Synergy Drive system with the reminder system of today’s Prius. That means a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 95 horsepower and 71 and 121 horsepower (for a total of 121 horsepower) electric motors / generators and a small lithium-ion battery. Toyota could launch a curve and install the similar but more powerful configuration of the Toyota Camry Hybrid that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and more robust electric motors to produce 208 horsepower. A badged Prime plug-in version could be underway, with more electric driving range only to match the same option offered in the Prius liftback. No matter, expect traction before being the only option and miserable fuel economy at the main goal.
Given the advancement of the development curve of this 2019 Toyota Prius V prototype, we expect it to debut in the next 12 months. Prices should remain close to the opening demand of 27,570 $ V 2017, but there could be a downward pressure to counter the Kia Niro, much cheaper.