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Toyota launches Europe’s first full hybrid seven-seat MPV

11/04/2012

Toyota has announced that the new Toyota Prius+ is now available for order, ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms on 9th of July.

The model comes in two equipment grades – T4 and T Spirit, priced at £26,195 and £29,495 respectively.

The T4 boasts features including 16-inch alloy wheels with caps, Smart Entry and Start, head-up display and a panoramic roof with automatic shade. In addition to featuring the Toyota touch screen audio and multimedia control/connectivity, the model has a 6-speaker audio unit and Bluetooth phone connection and music streaming.

The T Spirit adds 17-inch alloy wheels, voice recognition and text-to-speech function as well as ‘advanced’ Bluetooth and traffic information. The Toyota Touch and Go Plus touch screen gives the model satellite navigation, audio and multimedia control/connectivity.

The T4 has CO2 emissions of 96g/km making it exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge. According to Toyota, this makes it the ‘only sub-100g/km seven-seat model on the UK market’. The fuel economy is 68.9mpg.

The T Spirit just misses the 100g/km CO2threshold for zero road tax and London congestion charge exemption at 101g/km and the model has a fuel economy of 64.2mpg.

Commenting on the model, the manufacturer added: “Toyota continues the expansion its hybrid technology into new areas of the market with the launch this summer of Prius+, Europe’s first full hybrid seven-seat MPV. The ground-breaking new model, which combines traditional people carrier practicality with ultra-efficient performance, is also the first mainstream Toyota hybrid to use a lighter and more compact lithium-ion battery pack.”

The Toyota Prius+ has five separate folding rear seats providing 200 litres of luggage space. When the third row is removed this increases to 505 litres.

The Prius+ comes with seven exterior colour choices: Pure White and Astral Black (solid); Decuma Grey, Tyrol Silver, Vermilion Red and Orion Blue (metallics); and White Pearl (pearlescent).

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