Going on sale this fall, the Toyota Prius Prime currently only seats four, similar to how the first-generation Chevrolet Volt was. That’s because the Japanese automaker was focused on making the Prius Prime as efficient as possible, and having a seat bench in the rear that accommodates three would mean using more reinforcing material and relocating the 3.3-kW charger. According to the chief engineer for the new Prius and Prius Prime, Koji Toshiyama, the changes are possible and he’s looking forward to making it happen.
Toshiyama confirmed to AutoblogGreen that he will be focusing on expanding the rear seating area of the Prius Prime along with very early, preliminary development of the next-generation Prius. Of course, that model isn’t due for a few years, considering the new Prius just started arriving dealerships earlier this year.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t elaborate on when a five-seater Prius Prime will arrive, but it’s evident that Toyota isn’t stopping here when it comes to development of its hybrid models.