Posted by John Dolan | Posted in Automotive, Community, Driving, Family, Hybrids, Madison, News | Posted on 13-10-2014
The Prius v (Prius+ in Europe) is getting the first facelift since its launch in 2012. Following a design theme that Toyota has been implementing these days, the design re-fresh will feature sharper edges for a sportier look with thinner, more aero headlights and a big-mouthed trapezoidal grille intake vent. The result is a more aggressive face with more sharp edges than the first generation.
New LED headlamps are set in slimmer, more aero bezels with chrome and black plating. The glossy black front grille utilizes the trapezoid shape which has become formulaic with a number of Toyota models. This creates an overall impression of a wider front end when combined with the re-designed vertical side vents and the slim LED daytime running lights. The rear-end gets an updated look thanks to new tail lights with red lens as opposed to the clear LED lenses from the last model. A diffuser integrated into the rear bumper adds to the drama.
Cosmetic changes to the cabin include dark silver metallic and chrome finishes to the trim and climate controls with a new infotainment system. Befitting an eco-vehicle like the Prius, the new Prius v connects the driver to an assortment of fuel efficiency data and hypermiling feedback to enhance the Eco Experience. According to the European website autoevolution.com, one such upgrade is a little game called the Eco Judge in which the driver scores points based on their eco-driving abilities.
Mechanically, the 2015 Prius v will be powered by the same Hybrid Synergy Drive unit as before, but with a slightly re-tuned suspension for improved ride damping quality. The previous Prius v had road-leveling technology that automatically adjusted the car’s balance and posture to variations in the road, so the ride must be getting even cushier now.
Prices and full specs haven’t been announced yet and Toyota hasn’t announced the exact schedule.