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2012 Toyota Prius V – Click above to view close-up photos at HybridCars.com

Even though Toyota is currently prepping for the media launch of its Prius V at the end of May, the Japanese automaker found time in its hectic schedule to make a pit stop in Berkeley, CA, giving HybridCars.com an exclusive peek at the wagon-like hybrid. The crew at HybridCars snapped some close-up photos that "reveal if the V for Versatility lives up to its names."

The Prius V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 98 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder gasser is paired to a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. Toyota estimates that the Prius V's fuel economy ratings will come in at 42 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined. The Prius V should hit dealer showrooms sometime this summer.


Photo copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Hybrid Cars]


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      Noz
      • 2 Months Ago
      They had a FANTASTIC opportunity to redesign the looks of this car and get it right...they goofed IMO. This thing could be made to seriously look good. I simply do not understand why such a cutting edge vehicle can't get a decent skin. Just baffling.
        letstakeawalk
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Noz
        Thanks for offering your opinion on the most subjective aspect of a car. Lots of people disagree with you, and hold an opposite opinion.
          Noz
          • 2 Months Ago
          @letstakeawalk
          So does an Aptera...so what?
          Ford Future
          • 2 Months Ago
          @letstakeawalk
          It's aerodynamic, cut's thru the air like a knife. Form follows Function, and it's function is to cruise at highway speeds with the least wind resistance possible.
          Noz
          • 2 Months Ago
          @letstakeawalk
          There's nothing attractive about this car...please point out what's attractive about it? What next? An Ferrari 458 is less attractive?
          Noz
          • 2 Months Ago
          @letstakeawalk
          And they probably could have sold 5 times as many if it looked better.....
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Months Ago
          @letstakeawalk
          Let's see....Hmmmm.. over 2 million Prius sold, one Noz against! I think that says it all!
      Jorge Pinto
      • 2 Months Ago
      That's not the V gen, it's the Alpha model, a derivative of the current Prius... Check the next post.
        letstakeawalk
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Jorge Pinto
        The Prius V is the five-seat variant of the Prius Alpha that will be sold in the US. That's why they look alike - they're the same car.