Toyota Prius+Advanced technologies for safer journeys and multimedia connectivity lead the specification improvements introduced for the 2015 Toyota Prius+.

The seven-seat hybrid has a fresh look and a new model line-up that keeps it at the cutting edge of the compact MPV market.

Toyota took the wraps off the restyled Prius+ at the Paris motor show and has now confirmed prices and specifications for UK customers. A new three-grade line-up increases choice, with Excel Plus joining the established Icon and Excel models.

All versions come with LED headlamps, new LED rear light clusters and a sharper front-end treatment. The entry level Icon grade gains the latest Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and reversing camera, plus a tyre pressure warning system. In the cabin there is a redesigned centre console, dark trim finish and improved seat fabrics. A colour TFT screen has been added to the upper instrument panel.

On Excel and Excel Plus models, the Toyota Touch 2 with Go system adds navigation and connectivity functions, including access to live traffic information and, via Toyota’s online portal, an expanded range of connected services, text-to-speech function and 3D city modelling with landmark graphics.

These versions of Prius+ further benefit from technology features that improve safety and contribute to smoother and easier driving. Both feature Toyota’s Pre-Crash Safety system, which is designed to help the driver avoid a collision, or to reduce the consequences should an impact happen. PCS uses a millimetre-wave radar to scan the road ahead and determine the risk of an impact. When it senses a high collision risk, it warns the driver and prepares the brakes for optimum operation; if an impact is deemed unavoidable, it tightens the front seatbelts and activates pre-crash braking.

Toyota Prius+Toyota Prius+Toyota Prius+This system is provided together with Adaptive Cruise Control, which uses the same radar to monitor the distance from the vehicle ahead when driving in traffic, slowing the Prius+ down safely when required and returning to the pre-set cruising speed when the road is clear.

Parking is easier than ever with the provision of the latest generation of Toyota’s Intelligent Parking Assist. This will scan a viable parking space and provide automatic steering to guide the Prius+ into place (with the driver maintaining control of the brakes and throttle). The system can also help you exit from a tight parking space.

Additional features on the Excel Plus model include full leather seat upholstery and, reinforcing Prius+ status as an excellent family vehicle, a twin DVD rear seat entertainment package.

The arrival of the new 2015 Prius+ is also marked by the addition of two new metallic paint options: Sienna Bronze and Galaxy Black.

Prius+ retains its smooth, refined and efficient hybrid powertrain, delivering official combined cycle performance figures of 68.9mpg and (road tax-exempt) 96g/km when fitted with 16-inch wheels and 64.2mpg and 101g/km with 17-inch wheels

The 2015 Prius+ is available to order now, with first customer deliveries from January 2015.

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