Automaker Toyota has announced a new on-sale date for its new Prius V. We first noted the vehicle’s specifications at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, originally planned to become available later this summer. Unfortunately, the terrible tsunami disaster that struck Japan earlier this year caused some delays for Prius V and other models.
Toyota now says that their new hybrid will be available later this fall. The car is specifically designed for families, with five seats and 50% more cargo room than the standard Prius, but has the same hybrid motor system as the standard third-generation model.
Equipped with a nickel-metal hydride battery and two electric motors, adapted to a 1.4 liter engine, the new Prius V has a total of 134 horsepower. As well, the car has four different driving modes, which allow for a variety of energy-saving and power options.
The company also notes that the Prius V has a variety of new safety features, including some pitch control functions and seven airbags located throughout the cabin. It remains to be seen if families jump to purchase the new hybrid option, but in any case, it’s nice to see Toyota is back on schedule following the horrible events that hit Japan earlier this year.