Toyota is making the new generation Prius V hatchback, but we can’t see where is that hatch. The prototype we’ve caught looks, well, it’s somehow too high to be called the hatchback. Instead, the V will likely be introduced as the 2019 Toyota Prius SUV. The idea is pretty good because the majority wants to drive a crossover for some reason. The Japanese carmaker seems to feel that and voila, here is the high-riding Prius.
The crossover-like 2019 Prius V will have nothing surprising beneath the hood. No, the carmaker will introduce the same drivetrain that powers the liftback model. It’s a 95-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine backed up with either a 71-hp motor or a larger 121-hp electric motor, depending on the money you want to spend.
Some reports indicate that the Prius SUV could also host a more powerful version, which currently powers the Camry hybrid. If it comes, the more potent model will use a 2.5-liter four gasoline unit, which together with an electric motor pumps out up to 208 horsepower. If the suture V turns out to be a good job, we expect a plug-in hybrid variant as well.
Styling wise, the 2019 Toyota Prius SUV or V (call it as you like) will definitely look better from the predecessor. The car sports lifted ground clearance, sportier rear hatch, and very attractive rooflines. The details such as grill, headlights, and taillights are pretty familiar, simply because they are borrowed from the liftback model.
The current version of the Prius V costs $27,570. Even though it’s turned into the crossover, the opening price of the completely redesigned model can’t grow. Moreover, we expect to be a bit cheaper in order to be able to compete with the upcoming rivals. For instance, Kia introduced the all-new Niro, which is significantly less expensive.