Daihatsu Mebius

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Daihatsu Mebius (ZVW41N)
Also called Toyota Prius α (Japan)
Production Apl. 2013–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door minivan
Layout FF layout
Related Toyota Prius (XW30)

Toyota Hybrid System

Gasoline engine:
1.8 L 2ZR-FXE I4 Dual VVT-i (Atkinson cycle)
Power: 98 hp (73 kW; 99 PS) @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 105 lb·ft (142 N·m) 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Hybrid system total: 134 hp (100 kW; 136 PS)[1]
Transmission 1-speed planetary gear
Wheelbase 2,778.759 mm (109.4 in)
Length 4,615.179 mm (181.7 in)
Width 1,775.46 mm (69.9 in)
Height 1,574.8 mm (62.0 in)

The Daihatsu Mebius was the result of Toyota Motor Corporation research in the field of environmental technology. It became the second Daihatsu hybrid car after the Daihatsu Altis. The car was only marketed in Japan.

The Mebius is mechanically identical to the Prius v minivan (although unlike the Prius v, there is no 7-seater version).

Three models of the Daihatsu Mebius were sold: an "S L selection", "S", and "S touring selection." "S" and "S touring selection" models had the option of a resin panoramic roof.

Rear view


The Mebius powertrain uses the same 1.8 liter Atkinson cycle gasoline inline-four engine used in the conventional Prius, a 60 kW traction motor, and shares the Prius’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system and the same 201 volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack.[2][3][4]

Toyota introduced some refinements unique to the Prius v powertrain. These refinements include a new "Pitch and Bounce" motor control that the Prius v automatically employs on undulating roads and the refined control was designed to improve ride comfort and control. Because the Prius v is a larger vehicle with greater load capacity, suspension components were redesigned to improve handling and ride quality. "Pitch and Bounce" control works with the vehicle’s suspension to cancel longitudinal oscillation when the Prius v is driven over uneven surfaces.[4]

The Prius v also includes a redesigned engine coolant heating structure surrounding the vehicle’s catalytic converter and the exhaust heat recirculation system has been refined to reduce engine warm-up time and improve occupant heater response time in cold weather. A switch valve electronically controls coolant recirculation through the exhaust heat recirculation system.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Toyota Reveals Prius Family of Vehicles at the North American International Auto Show". Press release Toyota USA Newsroom. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  2. ^ Cheryl Jensen (2011-01-10). "With Prius V, Toyota's Marquee Hybrid Tries On New Silhouette". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  3. ^ Chris Shunk (2011-01-10). "Detroit 2011: Toyota Prius family adds a V for volume". Autoblog. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  4. ^ a b c Jack Rosebro (2011-05-24). "Toyota previews Prius v; first expansion of planned Prius "family"". Green Car Congress. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 

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