The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which offers seating for five, is expected to achieve a manufacturer-estimated 87 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in combined driving and 49 MPG in hybrid mode. The recent introduction of the larger Prius v and now the Prius Plug-in Hybrid brings this eco-focused model range to four distinct vehicles, including the Prius c, which will debut in 2012.
The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will allow true EV operation and performance for up to 15 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, along with quick home charging using a standard AC outlet and 15-amp dedicated circuit. Operating in EV mode, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid provides the quick, smooth quiet driving of a pure electric vehicle. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid offers the same five-passenger seating and luggage space as the standard Prius model.
Toyota is launching several hybrid vehicles in 2012 – part of a strategy to put out at least ten new hybrids by 2015. By the early 2020s, the company most of the company’s European models will feature a hybrid option.
Seven seat prius plus
Prius+ adds seven-seat MPV to lineup
The Prius+, meanwhile, sees Toyota extending the lineup to include a seven-seater. It’s noticeably larger than the standard car – 30 mm wider, 85 mm taller and 155 mm longer. Half the extra length – 80 mm – goes into the wheelbase.
While retaining the familiar HSD drivetrain, the Prius+ follows the Plug-in in moving to a Li-ion battery pack, albeit one not as big. Here it’s done in the name of space efficiency, with the compact power pack installed under the centre console between the front seats to free up room astern.
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