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2012 Toyota Prius

Futurecars March 25, 2011

Last century we saw the rise of the Toyota Prius, the first hybrid sedan in the Toyota family.  Now with the turn of a new millennium and in-fact a new decade, Toyota have taken another step forward in their attempts to make their fleet of cars even more eco-friendly, by giving us the upcoming Toyota Prius 2012.

The New 2012 Prius or Prius V which apparently is short for ‘Versatility’, is set to become the next big thing in fuel efficiency as it is now a “plug-in hybrid vehicle” or “PHV” for short, basically meaning that the car can be charged from a household outlet. The car has also been made more aerodynamic to fit in with Toyota’s ever evolving design of the Prius 2012.

The new Toyota Prius 2012 now comes with a sliding second row of seats that’s been specifically targeted to cater for young families. The seats can be put into four different setups to allow for changes between passengers and cargo, along with a front passenger seat that will fold totally flat for all of those extra-long items.

2012 toyota prius front view 2012 Toyota Prius

Despite a few aesthetic tweaks here and there, and some added extras, the major difference between this version of the Prius and past iterations are the change from the old nickel-metal hydride batteries to the new and improved lithium-ion packs. The new batteries are far larger, far heavier and far more expensive than the batteries present in versions of old. These new additions to the 2012 version of the Prius C Concept can be charged in around three hours from literally any household outlet, which will usually have a 110-volt capacity and or it can be charged in half the time if you have a 220-volt outlet. Another major difference between the Toyota Prius of 2012 and its predecessors is the new speed threshold of 62 mph just using its electricity reserves alone, of course, if you do push the pedal a little harder, the good old fashioned regular engine will kick in.

Although all of this fuel saving electricity usage sounds great, the 2012 Toyota Prius can only travel up to 13 miles in its electric mode, which apparently can deplete rather rapidly. Once the battery is completely empty the Prius will switch to its standard hybrid function. When the car does switch back into its hybrid mode, the 2012 Prius will be able to get 42 MPG (miles per gallon) in the city and 38 MPG on the highway for a grand total of 40 MPG combined.

Aside from all of the much sort after eco-friendly advances made in the Prius 2012, it also features 50% more cargo space and some customers may want to receive the optional extra of a resin panoramic  moon roof  with powered  retractable sun shades. This moon roof not only gives the car an open atmosphere, but has a 40% weight reduction when compared to normal glass. The 2012 Prius still comes with all of the standard driving modes; Normal, EV, Eco and Power, which can be found in older versions of the car. It also comes with Push Button Start, Hill Start Assist and back-up camera all as standard with added extras such as the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Pre-Collision System and the Advanced Parking Guidance System along with energy-efficient LED headlamps. The car comes with 7 airbags while also boasting an energy-absorbing body structure along its high-strength cabin. It comes with impact beams, cross members and leg absorption pads too.

The 2012 Prius also comes with Toyota’s trademarked Star Safety System which breaks down into Traction Control, Stability Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Anti-lock Braking System and Brake Assist.

As if all of that wasn’t enough the Toyota Prius 2012 also comes with the Toyota Entune multimedia system. This system is fully wireless capable and provides entertainment and information services. It provides support for mobile apps and any travel related services, along with weather sports and news. The more obvious features of Entune;  its ability to link to media players and iPods either via USB or Bluetooth, and it also provides the driver with almost 1000 different stations thanks to digital radio. One of the more unique features of Entune is its ability to play back text messages as audio with the ability to reply with a selection of quick responses.

2012 Toyota Prius Price

The price of the new 2012 Prius is still in debate, although many are anticipating it within the regions of previous models, and quotes have been seen from between $15,000 up to the top end of $27,000. These prices are currently only a ballpark figure and everyone is eagerly awaiting more information from Toyota about the exact cost, many are speculating that due to the installation of the brand new Lithium-Ion batteries, the price is currently sitting far higher in that range, although obviously Toyota will want to bring that price into a more reasonable area prior to full scale release of the Toyota Prius 2012.

2012 Toyota Prius Pictures

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