According to the Nikkei report, Toyota will finally release a minivan based upon its popular Prius platform come 2011. Rumor of the vehicle has been circling the web for over a year now. If it’s true–which I kind of think it is–this new vehicle will be the first to don the Prius family nameplate.
Earlier this year, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota made it known that a Prius family was in the works during the unveiling of its FT-CH concept. The FT-CH is Yaris-sized Prius which means a hybrid minivan would easily start to bring balance to the line up.
The Prius minivan will be one of Toyota’s first hybrids equipped with compact, light-weight Li-ion battery packs. The vehicle is likely to seat between five and seven people using three rows of configurable seating. While no pricing has yet been revealed, expect something close to the current Prius price point. No other details are yet available.
The vehicle pictured in this post is not the new Prius minivan. It’s a Hinterland 1 Concept which was inspired by the Toyota Prius.
Source: Green Car Congress