Known as the “nerd’s car”, the famous, reliable and affordable Toyota Prius enters its fifth generation, where it will be produced in Japan from December.
Toyota introduced the new Prius to the world for the first time with the series parallel hybrid (HEV) model, which will be launched in the winter of this year, and the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, which will be launched in the spring. 2023.
Worldwide sales of the classic Prius reached a peak of 509,380 vehicles in 2010. By last year, they had come down to just 85,970 units and the automaker had no option but to overhaul it.
first, which means “go before” In Latin, it has led the expansion of electric hybrid cars for 25 years since it was first launched as a next-generation eco-car with excellent fuel efficiency.
In total, Toyota has sold over 4.7 million Prius since 1997.
Gross sales will start in Japan in January. The redesigned Prius will be introduced in the US and Europe early next year. The flagship hybrid will not be sold in China, where Toyota stopped selling the Prius in 2016.
The standard Prius and the plug-in model will each feature a 2.0-liter engine mated to new fourth-generation lithium-ion batteries.
It’s a step up from the previous model, which only had a 1.8-litre engine and also a somewhat older generation nickel-metal hydride battery.
The lower grade of the upcoming Prius will retain the 1.8-liter option as the entry-level grade.
An all-wheel drive option will also be available, which uses Toyota’s rear-axle setup.
The standard 2.0-litre hybrid system was first implemented on the Corolla Cross Hybrid for Europe. In the Prius, this will be the first time Toyota has paired a 2.0-liter engine with a plug-in.
In the earlier Prius, both the stock and plug-in powertrains produce 90 kW (about 121 hp) of mixed-system power between the engine and the electric motor.
In the new, the standard two-litre hybrid gives 144 kW (193 hp), while the plug-in gets 159 kW (213 hp).
The add-on gets from zero to 62 mph in just 6.7 seconds, a slower 11.1 seconds for the previous model. The normal time is 7.5 seconds compared to 10.4.
Toyota says the PHEV’s EV mode range will be up to 50 percent better than the outgoing model, depending on specs such as wheel size.
The second generation TNGA platform was developed as a continued improvement to the TNGA platform, allowing for a lower center of gravity and larger diameter tyres. Extra firmness throughout the body has increased stiffness and improved quietness.
Using MacPherson struts at the front and a double wishbone setup at the rear, the suspension system provides stability for straight-line driving, responsiveness that meets the driver’s intent when cornering, and easy handling capability.
Toyota Safety Sense, the latest active safety package with enhanced and upgraded features, is standard on the all-new grade of Prius. The range of detectable objects has been further expanded, allowing for enjoyable driving with peace of mind.
The new Prius comes with Advanced Park (with remote function), an advanced driving assistance system.
This enables easy parking in and out of automated parking spaces in a variety of parking conditions, and with operations outside the car via a dedicated smartphone app, the car can enter and exit parking spaces even remotely.
The information panel uses Toyota’s first illuminated warning system. In addition to providing ambient lighting that highlights the interior, this new Toyota Safety-Linked feature alerts the driver to detected objects via flashing lights before an audible alert, creating a calmer driving experience.
color to choose
A total of eight colors are available including two new solid base colors Ash and Mustard for a sporty look. The color scheme in the sporty and sophisticated interiors brings a splash of color to the everyday lives of the customers.
After Japan, the new Prius will launch in North America, Europe and other countries around the world.