The Toyota Prius Camper Conversion for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Move over Winnebago, if Campinn, the Japanese conversion outfit has their say, the Toyota Prius Camper Conversion will give you a run for the money. The once compact Prius has grown its model family to include the entire family. Their versatile Prius V minivan is quickly moving up the sales charts. It just seemed to make sense to one-up its models with an even larger, if decidedly peculiar looking conversion to the standard Prius hatchback. The hatchback is converted into a camper with an added appendage.

The Tokyo Auto Salon that was proud to debut the Toyota Prius Camper Conversion this past weekend. While it’s impossible to see from the outside, the interior includes comforts that any outdoor enthusiast or long distance driver could appreciate. It includes a convertible sofa-bed and overhead sleeping area making it possible to pack and go without a tent. The fiber reinforced plastic appendage increases the length of the standard hatchback to 196 inches long and 81.1 inches high. There is a skylight and convenient back door. If you can get over the bizarre appearance, this vehicle is equipped for road tripping fun.

The plug-in version of the Toyota Prius hatchback is a popular family sedan that comes complete with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. This hybrid powertrain technology combines a powerful electric drive motor and a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine that has 134 combined horsepower. It comes with a 4.4 kWh lithium ion battery that has an onboard charger. This chargers gives a range of up to 15 miles of true electric vehicle operation. Getting a full charge using an external 240-volt AC outlet takes one and half hours which is considered quick in comparison to other plug-in vehicles.

The Toyota Prius Hatchback also includes Toyota’s Entune multimedia system. This advanced system features a variety of data services, smartphone integration, text-to-speech and mobile apps. The navigation system has a split-screen capability and is updated to receive real-time traffic information.

Author: Ron Halpert

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