• Oct 26, 2010
Toyota is planning to reveal its new Prius-based MPV at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, and while we've seen spy shots and teasers of the fuel-sipping people-mover before, we now have our clearest look yet at the forthcoming hybrid hauler.

Our friends at Autoblog.it have managed to snag what appear to be official shots of the Prius MPV, and based on the test mules we've seen out on the road, we'll bet our bottom dollar that the seven-passenger, three-row vehicle you see here is what will be displayed under the Detroit show lights.

Autoblog.it says that the Prius MPV will be powered by the same 1.8-liter hybrid engine used in the five-door hatch, though output has reportedly been bumped up to 138 horsepower. Efficiency will obviously be the MPV's biggest factor, and we're that Toyota has tweaked the standard Prius' powertrain to account for the added heft of the MPV. As always, stay tuned for more information, and head over to Autoblog.it for an additional image of the bulked-up Prius.

UPDATE: As convincing as this image looks, the keen-eyed folks at Carscoop have pointed out that this is not, in fact, the upcoming Prius MPV, and is actually a rendering crafted by Japan's Best Car magazine. Still, that doesn't change the fact that Toyota will be debuting the Prius people-mover at the Detroit show in January, and we'll have the full details after the turn of the new year.

[Source: Autoblog.it (translated)]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Mazda5, meet your twin brother, the bloated toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anyone has gone over to Autoblog.it , the two images presented do not reflect the same vehicle. These are two seperate images of what it may look like. I'm not sure which is correct or if they are simply photoshopped teasers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Leaked" ?!?! yeah such a new design. A prius wagon, still an ugly spaceship wannabe
      emojuts
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the toyota matrix
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a Prius and a Mazda5 mated...

        • 4 Years Ago
        Mrs. Pruis, Mr 5, please sit down. Something went terribly wrong. Your child was born with Hideosmedicrama. It's often caused by over exposure to an ugly stick during pregnancy. We're going to have to run a few tests before you'll be allowed to see your child.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny how Toyota went for the Pontiac Vibe greenhouse/rear window panel rather than that for the Matrix.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly my thoughts, it's just that the "mater" didn't do a good job...
      • 4 Years Ago
      138hp in a 7-passenger vehicle...good luck getting up hills with the whole family and all of their gear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think I said anything about an Escalade. But I think 200hp is about what you need to pull 7 people and their crap up a hill without pissing off everyone for 5 miles behind you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What technomania said.
        The only place where the HSD powertrain lacks is at 70mph and beyond. If your highways have 7-10% grades, expect to stay in the right lane, keeping or losing speed very slowly..

        I drove a 2nd generation Prius with 3 fat people in the car. The power was impressive and the torque seemed infallible in normal driving. I didn't like the car, but gained respect for the powertrain itself.

        If it were a 138hp gas car, i'd say hell no, forget it! but the HSD is another beast entirely. What you lack in an undersized gas engine is torque. That's no problem here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, because we no one every had to do that in a Chrysler "Magic Wagon" in the 1980s.

        How did we ever survive before 300hp mainstream cars?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It might be 138hp but it has a decent amount of torque as well thanks to the electric motors. On paper the 2010 Prius has less torque than it's predecessors but the motors are actually more powerful than the old ones with 295lb/ft of torque but that's only because they've been designed to run at higher speeds but then are geared down for torque at the wheels. When taking gearing into account it's putting about 400lb/ft of torque to the wheels.
        I'm sure they've tuned the MPV version to be torquey enough for any reasonable conditions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My ol aerostar had 140 and it fare'd pretty well in the hills of Lynchburg VA......too bad we don't have it anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh yeah,we all need 4 ton Escalades with 9 liter V-16 engines with 800hp to carry our children around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's fine...when everyone else is in the same boat. You become a liability when you're 20mph under the flow of traffic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The horsepower figures don't matter, because no matter how hard you try, you will never get 7 people AND all their stuff into something so small!

        4 people and their stuff, yes. 5 you start to push the envelope a bit, 6 is taking it to the extreme, but 7 is completly impossible!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I have to agree with Psarhijnian. Back in the 80's full-size cars and trucks with a V8 had 138hp or less and they did fine. A car needs only about 30hp per 1000lbs to "get around" and 50hp per 1000lbs to be fairly spry. I hate to say it, but today's cars are massively overpowered for what they're supposed to be doing. Some of the musclecars in the 1960s had less hp per ton than today's minivans.
      BOB
      • 4 Years Ago
      GEEZ, I stepped on one in the kroger parking lot...........yuck
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is a runt car ready to be a death trap on a rear end hit. I got a $5 spot in my pocket...but I wouldnt even give you that for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wo toyota has outdone it's self
      somehow they managed to make this the most bland car ever adn the ugliest as well
      two for one


      wtf were they thinking
      • 4 Years Ago
      **crickets chirping**
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who is shocked that it is unattractive?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Toyota targets Mazda5/Kia Rondo and eventualy Ford C-max. From this point of view Prius MPV is reasonable (but boring) appliance and will succesfully fight in this emerging class of Euroflared crossovers. I do beleive Toyota is going to create (again!) unprecedented market segment. They obviously have the expertise and advantage to be first. Of course it brings a lot risks and only the market in the near future will tell us is this one the righ vehicle.
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