New Toyota Prius Alpha models 2011, prices, Specification : Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan has launched compact Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) called "PRIUS ALPHA". It is the first vehicle in the Prius line-up to use lithium-ion batteries. Toyota is expecting better sale of this modern hybrid among all Japanese new car manufacturers. The Toyota Prius Alpha is with an extra row of seats in the back-side, turning the car into a mini people-mover which carry maximum 7 people.
The new Prius model, which looks like a station wagon or a tiny minivan, comes in two versions — one seating five people, set to go on sale in North America later this year as the "Prius V," and one with three rows seating seven people, being offered in Europe mid-2012 called "Prius +."
The one with three rows of seats, which starts at 3 million yen ($37,000) in Japan, is equipped with a new kind of battery called lithium-ion for the first time in a Toyota hybrid.
The one seating five people, which starts at 2.35 million yen ($29,000), and earlier Prius models have nickel-metal hydride batteries. The lithium-ion battery takes up less space, allowing for more cabin room.
The Prius v styling looks like a European-style small minivan and has a 0.29 drag coefficient with a shape that evolved from the Prius. The exterior styling is rounded with an extended roofline that allows the vehicle to retain the triangular silhouette symbolic of Prius. Other differences are the trapezoidal-shaped front with sharp-edged headlamps and wind-slipping aero corners for improved aerodynamics, as well as an enlarged under grille. The rear styling has a specially designed roof spoiler that improves air flow.
The interior cargo space is more than 50% larger than the 2010 Toyota Prius, 5 inches (130 mm) longer and 1 inch (25 mm) wider, providing 34.3 cubic feet (970 L) of cargo space behind the rear seats; it also offers 38 inches (970 mm) of rear leg room, and more head height. The engine is the same 1.8 liter Atkinson cycle gasoline inline-four engine as used in the Prius and will share the Prius’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system and the same nickel-metal hydride battery.
The Toyota Prius v includes many of the same standard features of the 2010 Prius, with four driving modes: Normal, Power, Eco and EV; smart key with push button start, an electronic shift lever, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and a back-up camera. Available options include energy-efficient LED headlamps, dynamic radar cruise control with a Pre-Collision System (PCS), and advanced parking guidance system.The Prius v has several technical advancements including Toyota's new Toyota Entune Multimedia System and a panoramic sunroof made of lightweight-resin, 40% lighter than a glass roof of the same size. Entune will premiere on the 2012 Toyota Prius v.