Toyota Prius+ at 2011 Geneva Auto Show
1 March 2011
Photo by Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL
Toyota Prius+ makes its debut at the 2011 Geneva Autoshow. For the second size extension of the Toyota Prius family tree carmaker adds spaciousness so there's seating for seven passengers inside, but the multi-purpose vehicle shares a clear design language with Toyota's standard-bearing Prius.
Moreover it manages a low 0.29 drag coefficient thanks to its extended roofline and carefully designed frontage.
Equally as notable is the battery. This is the first lithium-ion battery pack to be incorporated within a non-plug-in Toyota full hybrid. Toyota has found enough room underneath the center console between the driver and the front passenger to fit the battery, which helps maximize interior space for passengers and their stuff.
There are three drive modes: A zero-emission EV mode that relies on electric motor power alone, an ECO mode that maximizes efficiency and fuel economy and finally a somewhat ambitiously named POWER mode that is said to boost overall performance.