The 2019 Toyota Prius V might be one of the most anticipated models that are set to debut next year. The Prius V or the Prius+ as it called in other markets was recently spotted testing, offering us the very first glimpse at the next generation of the most popular hybrid vehicle of the last couple of years.
What these spy shots so generously reveal is that the new 2019 Toyota Prius will be heading in a slightly different direction, design-wise. The test mule appears to forgo the minivan body style that can be found on the old model, for a more contemporary crossover SUV-like design. Although the new model is heavily influenced by its predecessor, most notably in the front of the vehicle, the flared wheel arches and the increased ride height are really what stands out from these spy images. In the back the SUV resemblance continues with the tail lifted straight from the Lexus NX.
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The 2019 Toyota Prius V will reportedly built on the company’s TNGA modular design platform, which is a lightweight yet solid platform that first appeared in the current model of the Prius. It also allows for a relatively low center of gravity that will result in better handling and dynamics. Moreover, since the new model was spotted testing at the Nürburgring, it is even more likely that all of these aspects of the vehicle will be sportier than ever before.
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Engine and Powertrain
As for the engine and powertrain, we still don’t know what is under the new models hood. However, we do expect to see a slightly improved version of the electric motor-assisted 1.8-liter inline-4 that can be found in the outgoing Prius. In terms of fuel economy we expect to a slightly better EPA rating than the 43 mpg city, 39 highway and 41 combined rating of the outgoing model.
2019 Toyota Prius V Release Date and Price
There is currently no information regarding the release date and price of the new-generation 2019 Toyota Prius V. We expect to see it make its debut by the end of next year and go on sale early 2019, as a 2019 model. Although it is too soon to predict, the pricing for the new model is expected to start at around $30,000.