Seven-seat Toyota Prius + to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show
Designed to "extend the appeal" of the Prius range, the + caters to families in need of more spots for car seats. The additional seating has been made possible by exchanging the Toyota hybrid's traditional nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery for a compact lithium-ion pack, which is housed beneath the second row of seats.
Toyota says that even in seven-seat configuration, the Prius+ provides seven cubic feet of cargo space, a number that rises to 18.9 cubic feet when the third row is stowed away. The seven-seat Prius+ will go on sale in Europe in 2012, a time when big, yet frugal, families there will certainly rejoice.
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