Toyota announced a year ago that it would apply the Prius model name not only to the current five-door hatchback, but to other hybrid vehicles as well.
Attention Prius Lovers with a Family, Your Prius minivan is just around the corner. Variously called the Prius Alpha or Prius Verso, we really don’t yet know exactly what model name the new Prius Van will carry here in the U.S.
Both Ford and Mazda are working on vehicles of similar size and concept to be sold in the U.S.
But neither Mazda nor Ford will offer a hybrid option,… so after a decade of waiting, those Prius owners whose family has expanded can now turn to their Toyota dealers.
The Prius Mini Van will have seven seats in three rows, but its mechanicals and footprint are unchanged from the current Prius five-door hatchback. The body is both longer and taller to accommodate the third-row seat.
Whether it will be the first Prius fitted with a lithium-ion battery pack, replacing the older nickel-metal-hydride pack, remains to be seen. The 2012 Toyota Prius small minivan will be formally introduced at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, and will arrive at Dealers in March.