Advanced technologies for safer journeys and multimedia connectivity lead the specification improvements introduced for the 2015 Toyota Prius+. The seven-seat hybrid has a fresh look and a new model line-up that keeps it at the cutting edge of the compact MPV market.
A new three-grade line-up increases choice for 2015, with Excel Plus joining the established Icon and Excel models.
All versions come with LED headlamps, new LED rear light clusters and a sharper front-end treatment. The entry-level Icon grade gains the latest Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and reversing camera, plus a tyre pressure warning system. In the cabin there is a redesigned centre console, dark trim finish and improved seat fabrics. A colour TFT screen has been added to the upper instrument panel.
On Excel and Excel Plus models, the Toyota Touch 2 with Go system adds navigation and connectivity functions, including access to live traffic information and, via Toyota's online portal, an expanded range of connected services, text-to-speech function and 3D city modelling with landmark graphics.
These versions of Prius+ further benefit from technology features that improve safety and contribute to smoother and easier driving. Both feature Toyota's Pre-Crash Safety system, which is designed to help the driver avoid a collision, or to reduce the consequences should an impact happen. PCS uses a millimetre-wave radar to scan the road ahead and determine the risk of an impact.
When it senses a high collision risk, it warns the driver and prepares the brakes for optimum operation; if an impact is deemed unavoidable, it tightens the front seatbelts and activates pre-crash braking.
This system is provided together with Adaptive Cruise Control, which uses the same radar to monitor the distance from the vehicle ahead when driving in traffic, slowing the Prius+ down safely when required and returning to the pre-set cruising speed when the road is clear.
Parking is easier than ever with the provision of the latest generation of Toyota's Intelligent Parking Assist. This will scan a viable parking space and provide automatic steering to guide the Prius+ into place (with the driver maintaining control of the brakes and throttle). The system can also help you exit from a tight parking space.
Additional features on the Excel Plus model include full leather seat upholstery and, reinforcing Prius+ status as an excellent family vehicle, a twin DVD rear seat entertainment package.
The 2015 Prius+ also marked gains two new metallic paint options: Sienna Bronze and Galaxy Black.
Prius+ retains its smooth, refined and efficient hybrid powertrain, delivering official combined cycle performance figures of 68.9mpg and (road tax-exempt) 96g/km when fitted with 16-inch wheels and 64.2mpg and 101g/km with 17-inch wheels.
|Icon||1.8 VVT-I Hybrid Petrol||£26,995|
|Excel||1.8 VVT-I Hybrid Petrol||£29,245|
|Excel Plus||1.8 VVT-I Hybrid Petrol||£31,245|