Toyota Prius V
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Toyota has updated its Prius v hybrid seven-seater with a fresh look,
improved comfort and convenience, sharper ride and handling, plus expanded safety features.
The two-model line-up builds on Toyota's cutting-edge safety technology with the introduction of lane departure alert
and an improved pre-crash safety system.
Revisions to the Prius v suspension, with adjustments to the damping force, have resulted in improved ride comfort and
increased handling stability.
Exterior updates to the Prius v expand its visual appeal with a stronger look that takes up Toyota's latest design
Toyota's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the first major changes since launch in 2012 keeps
Prius v at the cutting edge of its competitive set.
"Prius v offers more cargo space than most small SUVs yet it can travel 100km on less than five litres of fuel,"
Mr Cramb said.
"The latest updates are focused on safety, multi-media technology and additional ride comfort while ensuring the
comprehensive standard features of Prius v meet the needs of a wide range of buyers," he said.
The revised Prius v front-end features a new upper grille, a more prominent Toyota badge that extends the forward line
of the bonnet, and vertical LED running lamps.
Slim profile headlamps give Prius v a distinctive sharp-eyed appearance while the gloss-black lower grille adopts
Toyota's signature trapezoidal shape.
At the rear, there's a new combination lamp design and, following the styling themes adopted at the front, a new
registration-plate trim and bumper with an integrated diffuser.
Changes in the cabin include new interior trim, upgraded audio systems with touch-screen displays, a revised
instrument binnacle and a new 4.2-inch colour TFT information screen controlled using switches on the steering wheel.
Both Prius v grades (Prius v and Prius v i-Tech) include seven airbags, stability and traction control, climate-control
air conditioning, reversing camera, head-up display, 16-inch alloy wheels, three-piece sliding second-row seat, 50/50
split and fold-flat third-row seat, hill-start assist control, daytime running lamps, electric vehicle mode and
touch-tracer steering-wheel controls.
Prices are unchanged at $34,490* for the Prius v and $44,490* for the Prius v i-Tech.
Since releasing the first Prius in 1997, Toyota Motor Corporation has sold more than seven million hybrid vehicles
around the world including 75,000 in Australia.
Prius v is Australia's only seven-seat full-hybrid vehicle.
The Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive® powertrain uses a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and a 60kW electric motor,
for a combined system output of 100kW.
Power from the two sources is seamlessly blended through an electronically controlled all-gear continuously variable
transmission, helping achieve fuel consumption rating of 4.4 litres/100km and CO2 emissions rating of 101g/km.
Electric energy collected from regenerative braking is stored in a lithium-ion battery for use when required to help
accelerate the vehicle.
The new front design of Prius v is a powerful evolution of the company's 'Keen Look' and 'Under Priority' styling
The radiator grille, front bumper and headlamps on both model grades are new, including newly adopted vertical LED
daytime running lamps that reduce power consumption.
The new headlamp designs accentuate the Keen Look and have integrated turn signal lamps to increase visibility for
other drivers and pedestrians.
The entry level model has new halogen headlamps while the i-Tech model has new Bi‐LED headlamps for greater
visibility and reduced power consumption.
A single cylindrical projector-type lamp provides both high and low beam in the i-Tech headlamp.
Light Guide LED clearance lamps further boost power savings while also providing a styling point through the front
The Toyota badge accentuates a new upper grille and is set in an enhanced, three-dimensional extension of the
The Under Priority design features a large trapezoidal lower grille finished in glossy black metallic paint,
emphasising the car's broad stance.
This impression of width is reinforced by bumper corners that now feature a 3D form flowing from the headlamps into
new air intakes and newly designed LED daytime running lamps.
At the rear, a new combination lamp design features light-guide technology and red inner lenses in place of the
current model's clear lenses.
Rear upgrades also include a redesigned registration plate garnish, a new bumper with an integrated diffuser and a
Two new exterior colours are offered, Rustic Brown and Eclipse Black.
The Prius v interior has been refreshed, with improvements to the vacuum fluorescent display centre cluster,
multi-information display (MID), steering wheel, instrument-panel switch lay out, seat trim and audio capability.
The entry level model has new black-fabric seat trim.
Visual upgrades include chrome-plated door handles, and a new dark silver metallic finish for both the
air-conditioning system's single dial controller and switchgear.
The centre console now features twin slim-line air vents with a chrome finish, for a more sophisticated
The lay out of the driver's instrument binnacle has been revised, with the speedometer, shift indicator and fuel
gauge placed closer to the driver, so they are closer to the line of sight while on the move.
Prius v's MID has been significantly upgraded, with a 4.2-inch full-colour TFT screen and new features, all
controlled via steering wheel-mounted touch-tracer switches.
Apart from conventional information such as clock, odometer/trip meter, possible cruising range and fuel consumption
per minute, the MID also includes a hybrid system indicator and an energy monitor - standard features in all Toyota
A new 'eco judge' function helps the driver maximise the efficiency of the full hybrid powertrain, giving a points
score for their eco-driving style.
The MID has climate-control and audio menu settings, as well as simple navigation indicators.
In the i-Tech model, the MID also includes the distance settings for the adaptive cruise control, and indicators for
the automatic high beam, lane departure alert and pre-collision safety system.
New audios and connected mobility
Facelifted Prius v has two new audio systems, both with 6.1-inch touch-screen display and Bluetooth® connectivity.
The data capacity of the telephone address book has been increased to allow for up to 2,500 contacts per phone.
The six-speaker Prius v audio has a single CD player, USB and iPod® audio, AUX and vehicle information, including
Even when two devices are connected, files on both can be played, with USB source displayed on the screen.
Prius v i-Tech has a premium eight-speaker JBL audio with eight-channel amplifier, digital (DAB) radio, voice
recognition and navigation.
The i‐Tech audio unit contains Toyota Link connected mobility. When connected to a compatible smartphone, the
system offers apps that can help drivers find a destination, fuel and weather details as well as roadside and other
assistance (charges apply for users).
With this model's satellite navigation, drivers have the option of navigating to destinations found through the Toyota
Link system. For a small fee, they can use Destination Assist to request the help of an operator to find a particular
location, which can be sent to the vehicle using the Destination Download app.
The i-Tech audio display screen is divided into three sections, to allow the user to freely lay out necessary
information on the navigation, audio, hybrid‐related display and hands‐free telephone functions.
By depressing and holding one of the divided sections, that section is selected and subsequently displayed on the full
The system is compatible with flick operations: horizontally flicking advances the application menu and vertically
flicking turns the pages. On the map, flicking allows the user to freely scroll the display.
Toyota has improved Prius v's ride comfort, handling stability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
The vehicle's dampers have been redesigned, damper curves revised and the spring characteristics of the rear
trailing-arm bushes improved.
New front and rear dampers have increased base-valve rigidity and revised damping-force characteristics in the mid and
high damper-velocity range.
The trailing arm bushes have improved spring characteristics and the direction of compression has been altered.
Together, these improvements reduce road-shock from bumps, improve ride comfort and increase handling stability.
Reducing any bumpiness in ride optimises the vehicle's NVH performance, building on running changes introduced in
March 2014 that improved sound absorption through the floor and rear deck.
Prius v retains body control with torque demand to provide a flat ride on undulating roads. The system uses fine
control of the electric-motor torque to optimise ride comfort and handling, as well as providing smooth turning and
excellent responsiveness from the motor.
Several key safety features in Prius v have been further refined, including the hill-start assist control (HAC),
adaptive cruise control (ACC) and pre-collision safety system (PCS).
In addition, facelifted Prius v adopts lane departure alert (LDA).
HAC prevents the vehicle rolling backwards momentarily when the driver's foot moves from the brake to the accelerator
pedal when starting off uphill.
The improved HAC system increases convenience and safety by activating automatically when the system detects that the
vehicle is stationary on a hill.
As a result, the driver no longer needs to depress the brake pedal further to activate the system.
Prius v i-Tech's ACC system has been upgraded with a vehicle-approaching warning (via the MID screen) to notify the
driver if another vehicle is within very close range when radar cruise control is active.
PCS, which uses the same radar detector as the ACC, has been upgraded with a brake warning to the driver if the PCS
control computer detects a potential collision situation.
Lane departure alert
LDA is designed to help avoid collisions by warning the driver if the vehicle is about to move unintentionally across
lanes without using the turn signals.
The system uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle's position on the road. The camera is also used
for Prius v's automatic high beam.
The Toyota LDA has been tested and refined in Australia to suit local road markings and can operate on roads with
lane markings on one side only.
If the vehicle deviates from its lane without using the turn signal indicator, LDA cautions the driver via a buzzer
and a message on the MID screen.
Toyota Service Advantage
Prius v, like all new Toyota vehicles, is covered by Toyota Service Advantage. There is a capped price of $140 for
each of up to six scheduled logbook services in the first three years or 60,000km (conditions apply).
EQUIPMENT - MAIN FEATURES
Vehicle stability control
ABS with BA and EBD
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Hill-start assist control
Display audio with 6.1-inch touch-screen, six speakers
4.2-inch colour multi-information display
Power mirrors (heated), mirrors and door locks
16-inch alloy wheels with full wheel covers
LED daytime running lamps
Emergency stop lamps
Front and rear foglamps
Halogen headlamps (manual levelling)
Power lumbar adjustment: driver's seat
4.2-inch TFT multi-information display
Steering-wheel switches (MID, telephone, audio)
Smart entry and start (keyless)
Regenerative brake system
Prius v i-Tech
Toyota Link connected mobility
- Destination download
- Local search
- Toyota help
Satellite navigation with added Toyota Link apps:
- Destination Assist (pay per use)
- "Navigate to" for Destination Download, Local Search and Fuel Finder
Digital (DAB) radio
Bi-LED headlamps (auto levelling)
Pre-collision safety system
Lane departure alert
Adaptive cruise control
Auto high beam
8-speaker JBL sound system
Intelligent park assist
Electrochromatic rear-view mirror
Panoramic roof with power shade
Heated front seats
Water-repelling front side glass
Toyota Prius v Prices*
Prius v i-Tech
Metallic, pearl paint
* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as
on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are