• Oct 15, 2010
Toyota teases the new Prius MPV – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Recently, Toyota teased its second addition to the Prius family during its 10th anniversary party for the automaker's infamous hybrid. Now, Toyota has tweeted that the new vehicle, which obviously takes the shape of a Mazda5-sized MPV, will make its official debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in January.

Rumors have suggested that the Prius MPV will offer seating for seven via three rows of perches, though there's no word on whether or not the larger Prius variant will use sliding doors or stick to a more Kia Rondo-like shape. Expect the Prius' powertrain to be slightly revised for MPV duty, as well, probably with a few more lithium-ion batteries on hand to keep things extremely economical. We'll know more come January, but for now, click past the jump to see a video of the Prius MPV's teaser billboard coming to life.

[Source: Twitter, YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      These mini - mini-van type vehicles are very practical in size for lots of people.
      But up to this point, efficiency has been crap.
      If toyota can pull it off with a decent design and put mileage into the high 30s to low 40s combined then it should be a winner for them I think.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...probably with a few more lithium-ion batteries on hand to keep things extremely economical."

      Are you sure this thing is going to have lithium-ion batteries? The current prius still uses NiMH batteries and I don't think Toyota will use the more expensive Lithium Ion batteries in their hybrids for another 2-3 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it is just a standard Hybrid, lithium brings little to the table. NiMH have proven reliability, which trumps saving a few pounds. I bet this will also use NiMH.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i was thinking of the same thing, but hey, the Hyundai Sonata hybrid already uses li-ion, I think the next gen hybrids, including this thing, could very likely run li-ion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Expect the Prius' powertrain to be slightly revised for MPV duty, as well, probably with a few more lithium-ion batteries"

      Errr.. uh... autoblog, you know the prius uses NiMH batteries, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the Prius already was an MPV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like a toyota wish
        • 4 Years Ago
        About 99% sure its a hybrid toyota wish with updated bumper to pass US specs and new rear tail lights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bigger Prius = bigger suck factor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should look nice if Toyota does it right... one thing can say is that its gonna sale like hot cake.

      The Pruis looks great IMO. I kno alot of people on here give it a hard time ( any toyota in general ) but I like the way the Pruis looks.


      http://24-timepass.com/postimg/geneva-auto/toyota-prius.jpg

      Simple, clean and modern.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If this car existed a year ago, I probably would have bought one instead of the Subaru Outback. Was looking for a roomy family hauler, and the regular Prius doesn't quite have enough cargo space.

        Maybe the gearheads on this forum will dismiss me as a boring, holier-than-thou envirosnob, and go ahead if that makes you happy. But I keep cars for a long time, and I think that during the next 10-15 years, we're going to see $5/gal prices for gas again. Or maybe worse. And I'd like to be ready.

        Also, I agree that the looks are clean and modern. Just because it doesn't look like other cars on the road doesn't make it ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this mpv looks like toyota wish
      • 4 Years Ago
      A bigger fugly? Awesome!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry... after I posted this he got ranked up, but still.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bringing out a hybrid mini-minivan makes sense and all, but this new MPV seems to be only fractionally bigger than the regular Prius. How much more room can it possibly offer to make it worth it?? I would have thought that they could have at least stretched the length more than the inch or three that they appear to have done.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Prius is 175.6" long, and a Mazda5 is 181.5" long so this new Prius MPV should be about the same size as a Mazda5 on the outside. I think this could be a good niche vehicle for Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If i had the time, I'd load that image into Photoshop and find out exactly how much bigger it really is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am gonna guess 5 - 6 inches difference in length, 3 in height, but apart form that look at the profile of the hatch.
        It will definitely hold more volume, the difference in volume might not be as big as say going from a Mazda3 hatch to a Mazda5, but it should be enough to differentiate from both these two vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with Hazdaz -- this looks like a very small size increase.

        Matt -- you pointed out that the Prius is surprisingly roomy on the inside despite looking like a small car. Doesn't that mean that this mpv, which looks barely larger than a Prius on the outside, will only be barely larger on the inside as well?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it Toyota vehicles are completely hideous? Why is it that people think hybrids are saving the planet. Wake up Sheepeople! If you want to save the planet until a real solution such as Hydrogen why not propane or natural gas? Hybrids are a joke and a waste of development resources. EV's are no better since our power grid is so antiquated, plus lets divert our carbon footprint to coal fired power plants ya that's the answer! Buy American it may or may not be made here but at least the money stays here instead of Japan or Korea! Gotta love American's greed and stupidity!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hydrogen is a logistical joke on a national level (unless you live in Andorra).

        Also, it's pronounced 'sheeple'.
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