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Hybrid changes to Toyota Prius+ to reduce noise and improve performance

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Toyota has made changes to the Prius+ MPV to improve acceleration and reduce cabin noise.

Toyota’s engineers have been able to maintain acceleration performance while reducing engine revs by around 1,000rpm, by using more electric power to support the performance of the 1.8-litre VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol engine.

The company says the changes result in a more relaxed, smoother and quieter drive.

The characteristically quiet cabin environment has been further improved through a series of additional sound insulation and absorption measures introduced in the door frames, the lower sections of the side and rear doors, the dashboard and the vehicle platform. A tunnel silencer has also been added.

The model provides combined cycle CO2 output from 96g/km and fuel consumption of 68.9mpg. 

The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system in Prius+ has been upgraded to the latest 2016 iteration, unveiled at this year’s Geneva motor show. Using the same, centrally mounted touchscreen, it has been made even simpler and more intuitive to use with new menu designs for both the overall system and (where fitted) its satellite navigation functions. 

The Toyota Touch 2 with Go package adds three years of map and connectivity updates (and the customer option of a further two years’ extension). This ensures accurate routes can be planned. 

The model adds a new colour, Phantom Blue.

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