As you might know by now, Toyota will bring a "compact people-mover" version of the hybrid Prius. And why not? The Prius has been a tremendous success forToyota and adding space for the kiddies cannot possibly be a bad idea. The car, set to be called the Alpha, is in its final stages of development and will be unveiled in March 2011. We can safely assume it will make its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. This will be the first vehicle in the Prius line to use lithium-ion batteries.

Based on the current Prius sedan platform, the future Alpha will grow in dimensions in order to accommodate an extra row of seats in the back: 300 mm in length and 20 mm in wheelbase.

The new Alpha will inherit the Prius’ 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and THSII hybrid system, that together will develop a total of 135 HP. Fuel economy will likely be slightly less than the current Prius sedan’s 50 mpg combined, due to the Alpha’s extra size and weight.

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We do have to say that the Prius Alpha is not much on the eyes. We would much rather be seen in a Chevrolet Volt MPV5, but unfortunately the public may not see the fruits of Chevy’s labor on that concept just yet since Chevy has not confirmed its production. Environmentalists and trendsetters alike may have to settle for the Alpha for now.

Source: WOT

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  (334) posted on 05.25.2011

Yeah, you got a point in there. But we can not deny the fact on how affordable is
this car though its not appealing to the eye. I can still may is using this car.

  (600) posted on 05.25.2011

I just remember the Prius owner that tries to race against the Honda Civic! Oh no!
We all that SUV type is not that powerful! Heck I’d rather choose a Korean car over here.

  (367) posted on 10.8.2010

Even it has look like a Renault concept from decade ago it looks great.

  (745) posted on 09.28.2010

No idea if it will actually look like the concept pictured here - but if it does, I suppose we can assume that Toyota is going after the market segment that needs to show off how environmentally conscious they are.

  (815) posted on 09.15.2010

Too futuristic looking, people are still used to boxes and angular shapes, this design won’t fly (unless you put wings on it). But George Jet son would be proud.

  (129) posted on 07.21.2010

this is the way a large hybrid should be done. Base it on a minivan not an SUV. You get a lighter vehicle with more space and typically more aerodynamic.

  (18) posted on 06.8.2010

*sigh* another failed attempt to get out of the recall bracket toyota? I think with all the recalls this might have their motorsports teams a little worried about their parts... shall we go down the list of possible Toyota recalls in motorsports?

Throttle problems on the Toyota Cameries in NASCAR

brake isssues in the IRL

and engine malfunctions in the NHRA

umm before Jim Lee decides to break out a new car please pleaes please work on the ones that seem to have more issues then a import tuner magazine..

  (257) posted on 05.30.2010

The Prius Alpha will be a 7-seater and insiders say a 5-seater version.

  (798) posted on 05.30.2010

For me, it looks more a toyota Avanza/ Daihatsu D1.

  (406) posted on 05.26.2010

Not much appealing as the Honda Odessy and stream.

  (512) posted on 05.26.2010

I don’t think that this car is safe for the passengers. Let’s all hope that Toyota will able to recover for other model’s recalls.

  (544) posted on 05.26.2010

Looks almost the same as Toyota Innova from some asian countries but i hope a hybrid can perform well to a seven seater wagon.

  (331) posted on 05.25.2010

Ugly.. a seven seater prius? Well, I hope toyota has already resolved their problem with pedals.

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