Mid-life facelift for the seven-seat hybrid aims to bring the Prius+ up to date – will it appeal to normal car buyers or just Uber drivers?
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It’s the seven-seat Toyota Prius+, updated for the 2015 model year. The Japanese firm’s answer to the likes of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Vauxhall Zafira benefits from something neither of those cars offer: hybrid technology.
As well as styling tweaks inside and out to bring it in line with the latest models in Toyota’s range, it gains one or two minor mechanical improvements too.
Those technical tweaks come in the form of adjustments that petrol/electric powertrain, and although Toyota hasn’t specified how as of yet, they now enable the system to comply with new, tougher Euro 6 emissions standards. Meanwhile, improvements to the suspension aim to benefit the ride/handling compromise, and new sound deadening material has been added to make things more refined inside – especially at the rear.
On the outside, new grilles and a more prominent Toyota badge sharpen up the front, as do the new LED headlights, whose improved performance are welcomed from a safety point of view. The rear has refreshed tail lights and a faux rear diffuser.
There will be a couple of new exterior colour choices available: Attitude Black – for those who feel their seven-seat hybrid MPV needs even more attitude – and Dark Sherry, which is primarily produced in order to recycle the old paint cans to produce a fine single malt whisky hue in the future. Probably.
Inside, there are extra flashes of chrome trim on the switchgear to liven things up a little, and a new 4.2-inch colour screen houses the trip computer and hybrid system functions. There’s still room for seven people inside, too, or alternatively the rear pair of seats can be folded away to transform it into a five seater with a generous boot.
How much will it cost?
No prices or release dates have been revealed yet, but expect it to be priced similarly to the £26-£29,000 of the outgoing model.