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Refreshed 2015 Toyota Prius v hybrid revealed

The 2015 Toyota Prius v hybrid seven-seater has been revealed with a tweaked look, improved features and expanded safety features.

TOYOTA HAS REVEALED the refreshed 2015 Prius v hybrid today which it says “builds on Toyota’s cutting-edge safety technology with the introduction of lane departure alert and an improved pre-crash safety system”. 

Beyond safety alone, the Prius v hybrid has also received some suspension tweaks  (adjustments to damping force) to further improve what was already a good-handling car. The seven-seat Prius v runs 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 blended through an continuously variable transmission, helping achieve fuel economy of 4.4 litres/100km and CO2 emissions 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.

2015 Prius v i-Tech (upgrade)

According to Toyota’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb these are the first major changes since the launch of the Prius v in 2012.

“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 refreshed 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 licence-plate trim and bumper with an integrated diffuser.

2015 Prius v i-Tech (upgrade)

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 (+ORC) for the Prius v and $44,490 (+ORC) for the Prius v i-Tech. 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.

Key Features:

2015 Toyota Prius v

  • Vehicle stability control
  • Traction control
  • Seven airbags
  • ABS with BA and EBD
  • Reversing camera
  • Cruise control
  • 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
  • Automatic air-conditioning
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Emergency stop lamps
  • Engine immobiliser
  • EV/Eco/Power modes
  • Front and rear foglamps
  • Head-up display
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • 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
  • – Weather
  • – Fuel
  • – 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
  • Leather-accented trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Water-repelling front side glass


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