Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) began selling the all-new Prius Series Parallel Hybrid (HEV) cars, the “Hybrid Reborn” concept, on January 10. Additionally, it will release Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) versions in March 2023.
Launched in 1997 as the globe’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, the Prius has propelled the adoption of HEVs as a new-generation, fuel-efficient eco-car. These days, hybrid technologies are utilised in a variety of models that are adored and appreciated by individuals all over the globe.
With various powertrain alternatives being developed to promote carbon neutrality, Toyota aimed to create a new Prius HEV.
The new Prius has been reinvented with a lower centre of gravity and even more elegant proportions, inheriting the iconic mono-form shape of the original model. The “island architecture” concept creates a stress-free, roomy cabin with a cockpit that makes it easy to focus on driving.
The interior provides intuitive operation and a pleasant driving experience.
There are eight body colours, including two newly designed, solid base colours—Ash and Mustard—that create a sporty impression.
Both the 2.0-litre and 1.8-litre models of the new Prius are fitted with a hybrid system of the fifth generation.
The 2.0-litre Prius (Z and G grades) achieves better fuel economy of 28.6 km/L and system power of 144 kW (196 PS), which is 1.6 times greater than the previous model.
The 1.8-litre Prius (U and X grades) achieves 32.6 km/L of fuel economy with a comprehensive variety of enhancements, including modifications to all-electric components.
The second-generation TNGA platform was designed to continue the platform’s maturation, enabling a lower centre of gravity and larger-diameter tyres.
This version includes the most recent E-Four system. Utilising a high-output engine and other features, it provides enhanced uphill performance on low-friction road surfaces, such as snow-covered roads, and enhanced tuning stability.
The latest active safety package, Toyota Safety Sense, is a standard feature. In addition to the Advanced Safety System with a wider range of detecting objects, the new Prius includes the following additional features.
Rear vehicle proximity warning
Using the Blind Spot Monitor’s rear millimetre-wave radar, this feature detects vehicles in the back. It informs the driver via the Multi-Information Display and a buzzer if another vehicle is approaching.
Support for approaching vehicle proximity (recording function and vehicle reporting suggestions)
If a vehicle is approaching too closely from behind, this system provides the driver with solutions, such as calling the police or the HELPNET emergency call service. In automobiles with a drive recorder, in addition to capturing the event automatically, the system stores the data in a specialised region that is difficult to overwrite.
Secondary Impact Brake (rear impact mitigation when stopped)
Using the Blind Spot Monitor’s rear millimetre-wave radar, this technology detects vehicles in the back. It applies the brakes to slow speed if a rear collision is imminent if the vehicle is stopped. This mechanism permits an earlier speed reduction than the previous model by deploying the brakes before a crash.
The 2WD (FF) model costs about $22500, and the E-Four model costs about $24000.