Toyota engineers are out testing the next-generation Prius V (a Prius+ in different markets), and judging by our spy pictures of a take a look at mule the car is about to ditch the minivan bodystyle of the present mannequin in favor of a crossover SUV type—a sensible transfer contemplating the present craze for high-riding autos.
The entrance of the tester options the face of the brand new Prius V, which has clearly been influenced by the present Prius. Nonetheless, the flared wheel arches and taller journey peak trace at a harder, extra SUV-like stance. The SUV transformation is additional evidenced by the very fact the engineers have grafted on the tail of a Lexus NX on this take a look at mule.
The platform is Toyota’s TNGA modular design, a light-weight, sturdy platform that made its debut within the present Prius. The platform permits a low heart of gravity and elevated physique rigidity, which in flip results in extra responsive dealing with and improved journey consolation. Contemplating the engineers are testing on the Nürburgring, it’s seemingly the dealing with and dynamics may even be sportier than what we’re used to within the Prius V.
It isn’t clear what powertrain is getting used however a variation of the electrical motor-assisted 1.Eight-liter inline-Four within the present Prius is probably going. Count on EPA-rated gas financial system to raised the present Prius V’s 43 mpg metropolis, 39 freeway and 41 mixed.
Search for the brand new Prius V to make its debut in late 2018 or early the next 12 months. It ought to arrive as a 2019 mannequin.