Toyota has introduced a new top-shelf model to its Australian Prius V range, bringing the familiar i-Tech trim grade to the people-moving hybrid.
The new model also celebrates a new sales landmark for the brand, with Toyota confirming 10,000 hybrid sales in Australia this year.
The new Prius V i-Tech joins the range at $46,490 - marking a significant $10,500 premium over the regular Prius V model. Toyota says the additional features "more than compensate for the price difference".
New features in i-Tech form include dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-crash safety system for the brakes and seatbelts, and a self-parking system.
There is also a satellite navigation system with digital radio, eight-speaker JBL audio, a heads-up display with navigation prompts, and 'premium' seat trim.
Other new features include auto-levelling LED projector headlamps with washers, an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, front-seat heaters, water-repellent front-door windows and a panoramic roof with electric sunshade.
Features already standard across the Prius V range include seven airbags, reversing camera (with on-screen guidelines in the i-Tech), hill-start assist, stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.
Mechanically, the Prius V remains unchanged, with power drawn from the familiar hybrid-drive 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, mated to an electric motor and an electronically-controlled CVT automatic transmission.
While the petrol engine's power is rated at 73kW and 142Nm, the addition of the electric motor brings total system output to 100kW.
Toyota claims a combined-cycle fuel consumption rating of 4.4 l/100km, with CO2 emissions listed at 101g/km.
The Prius V is also covered by Toyota's Service Advantage programme, capping the price of up to six scheduled services in the first three years or 60,000km at $130.
The Prius V i-Tech is available now, priced at $46,490 (plus on-roads). The regular Prius V is priced at $35,990.
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