• Oct 11th 2010 at 9:28AM
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The Toyota Prius finally appears ready to expand from a single model into a full lineup of vehicles. At the popular hybrid-electric car's 10th anniversary party this past weekend, Toyota showed off a billboard that teased a larger, more frugal kind of people carrier with the tagline, "The Prius family is getting a whole lot bigger," and it's thoughtfully included a photo of it on the Prius' Facebook page.

The phrase "whole lot bigger" is more aptly applied to the Prius family growing by 200 percent to three variants, because based on the profile shown on the billboard, there won't be much more to the Prius MPV than there is to the Prius hatch. Which is likely the point – a Sequoia-sized Prius just wouldn't be a Prius. We've been told before that the prototype was about the size of a Mazda5, and inside that slightly larger form will be three rows of seating made for seven human backsides. Underneath we suspect Toyota engineers will use some of that extra room for more batteries to assist a version of the hatchback's four-cylinder engine.

The other vehicle that's rumored to make up this expanded Prius model line is a smaller, compact-sized car that we expect would steal the crown for King of MPG in this land from the original Prius.

[Source: Prius Facebook]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      From the looks of it, I'd expect the Prius MPV to be the European-market Verso with modified details on the inside and outside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So will the Prius sedan be called Prius Prius, or just Prius-Car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just when the last of the Pontiac Aztecs are headed for the scrapper ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just seeing the word "Prius" in the headline, I knew this article would be hater bait. It's just SO predictable. The existing Prius holds 4 adults quite comfortably, or 2 adults plus 3 kids. It's a mid-size car, not a compact or sub-compact. Add another row of seats and there's no reason a family of 7 would need a 15 mpg (on premium) Suburban for daily use. Of course, in the name of flag-waving American Patriotism, most commenters here will insist on the need to fully fund countries that hate and attack us on our own soil by sending them two to three times the money for gas and oil.

      Next time you're driving around, look into a huge gas guzzler and count the occupants. 90% of the time it will be just 1 or 2 people. Sorry, but that's just plain stupid. For the handful of times most people need to haul a boat, a trailer, or a vacation-load worth of family luggage, you could rent a behemoth for the day or the week.

      Yes, there are people who legitimately *need* huge vehicles for work or unusually large families (the Octo-Mom), or special needs like handicapped transportation and I'm glad these tremendous vehicles exist. And I love gear-head sports cars and luxury vehicles as much as the next guy, but for routine daily use they just don't make sense.

      And just my opinion... bigger vehicles make drivers look like midgets.

      Flame on.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Its not just the Prius...

        The headline just has to say "Toyota" or "Lexus" for the bait to bring them all in.

        I agree 100 % with what you said. I like the Prius it's a neat little car looks nice too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a graph for model bloat...

      Yes, I know it will be a different model, but no matter how many seats it has there's no denying that what we're looking at is just a fatter, heavier Prius.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think of this as a step between a Prius and a RAV4. A RAV4 is only 6 inches longer than a Prius and 10 inches taller. Doesn't seem too far off from what we're seeing hinted at here. If it gets close to Prius mileage and close to RAV4 dimensions, is that a bad thing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems it will be quite a practical vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Prius PUV
      • 4 Years Ago
      You mean growing by 100%. Growing by 200% implies the lineup is tripling, not doubling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        200% is correct. It says there are 2 additional models coming. Not 1.

        At least read the entire post before jumping into your pedant hat.

        "...the Prius family growing by 200 percent to three variants..."

        "The other vehicle that's rumored to make up this expanded Prius model line is a smaller, compact-sized car..."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was thinking about this... I tihnk this car will be a hit !

      Think about... ppl love the Pruis and what is offers... now they can get the same great features with more space.. I think it will look cool too.. with those bigger sport wheels the pruis has will give it a nice stance n fill the wheel gap not to mention look much better.

      It's funny how this thing pops up out of no where.. usually there's months and months of development
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are those the same tiny tires that are on the sedan Prius?

      Wouldn't having such small wheels on a larger and heavier car slow down the acceleration of the car and require more fuel/electricity to travel the same distance as a car with larger wheels?
        • 4 Years Ago

        Smaller wheels/tires are usually lighter and have less rotational mass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm more interested in a smaller Prius
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