Toyota has unveiled the fifth generation of the Prius for world markets forward of sales commencing later this 12 months. The newest iteration of the Prius debuts with a pair of potent hybrid powertrains – a self-charging hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The self-charging hybrid will be the initially model to strike markets with the PHEV to go on sale in 2023.
Underpinned by the 2nd era of Toyota’s TNGA system, the new Prius retains the silhouette from its predecessors while the layout is sleeker and sportier than past iterations. The nose is characterised by slim C-shaped headlamps with LED daytime working lamps, a slender grille and a sleek bumper with a central air vent. The soaring bonnet and raked A-pillar added help in supplying the automobile a smooth overall look.
From the sides, the monobloc silhouette of earlier designs of the Prius is apparent. The fifth-gen hybrid gets a sleeker profile with the roofline now much more reminiscent of a coupe. Spherical the back again, the boot lid characteristics a well known blacked-out section housing a lightbar and the third prevent mild. The bumper lessen down will get a easy end with a blacked-out part – mirroring the front bumper vent – housing the quantity plate.
The new extra coupe-like design tends to make the Prius 50 mm lower than the outgoing product with the wheelbase too stretched by the exact same quantity. Interestingly the car or truck is 46 mm shorter in duration as in contrast to the fourth-gen sedan even though width is up by 22 mm.
Within, the dashboard design and style bears some resemblance with the bZ4X with a pair of no cost-standing displays positioned on the dashboard. The display for the instrument cluster is positioned within the driver’s eyeline although a substantial central touchscreen sits atop the centre console.
Coming to the powertrains, the self-charging potent hybrid powertrain is readily available with two engine selections – a 2.-litre petrol or a 1.8-litre petrol. The 2.-litre petrol paired with the hybrid technique develops 193 bhp with the variant also obtaining Toyota’s e-Four all-wheel push system. The smaller-hearted variant meanwhile develops 138 bhp.
The PHEV also attributes a 2.-litre petrol engine under the hood but here overall method output is a more robust 220 bhp. The 13.6 kWh battery pack (up from 8.8 kWh) for the PHEV technique sits underneath the rear seat with Toyota professing a 50 for every cent bigger EV selection around the outgoing product.