TOYOTA PRIUS+ GETS NEW TECH FOR THE NEW YEAR

Toyota's Prius+ - the seven-seat version of the pioneering Prius hybrid - will receive a technology upgrade for 2015, offering motorists enhanced safety and greater connectivity when on the move.

As a full hybrid the model already boasts a number of cutting-edge innovations that make it one of the most desirable family cars on the road today, and the addition of even more equipment boosts its appeal further. The announcement of three trim grades for the line-up follows the reveal of a restyled shape at the Paris Motor Show, with Excel Plus now joining Icon and Excel versions.

LED lighting complements the revised front end, with the same illumination found at the rear also. This feature comes as standard, and buyers who choose the entry-level Icon can now look forward to Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with a touchscreen, DAB radio, reversing camera, and Bluetooth® connectivity. There's also a colour TFT screen on the upper instrument panel to display key driving information clearly.

The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system is also included with Excel and Excel Plus versions, and adds navigation and connectivity functions such as access to live traffic information, 3D city modelling with landmark graphics and text-to-speech ability. The previous iteration boasted impressive safety performance, and the extra tech only extends this.

Mid and top-end Prius+ examples gain Toyota's Pre-Crash Safety system, which reduces collision impact or prevents them from occurring altogether. A warning is sent to the driver when a potential hazard is detected, while the brakes and seatbelts are prepared for impact. The system is supported by Adaptive Cruise Control designed for safer motorway cruising, and Intelligent Parking Assist which helps you into and out of tight spaces.

On top of new technology, the latest Prius+ also offers a number of styling and equipment options for the interior and exterior. You can find out about them all and test drive the vehicle with RMB Automotive in North Yorkshire, Durham and Teeside today.