The Toyota Prius was launched over 25 years in the past and rapidly turned the synonym for “hybrid” – and sometimes for ugly design as nicely. Now Toyota has unveiled the fifth technology of the automotive, and it is really fairly spectacular.
The brand new design for the Prius retains facets of the earlier fashions, just like the signature lengthy and raked windscreen, rounded wagon-like hatchback type, and naturally its hybrid powertrains. These have been hallmarks of the Prius fashions since its second technology.
Most notably, this new-generation Prius drops the “middle gauge cluster” inside of earlier fashions and goes with a extra standard “on the wheel” mannequin as a substitute. This enables a bigger, built-in display, as has been seen in newer Prius fashions, particularly the Prius Prime.
New generations of the hybrid powertrains additionally debut on this new-gen Prius. The two.0-liter and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines are barely extra environment friendly than what was to provided earlier than, and kind the core of the brand new drivetrain.
The Sequence Parallel Hybrid System is the start of the Prius hybrid-electric choices. Output for the two.0L model is 1.6 occasions increased than earlier at 144 193 PS (144 kW) and an E-4 system for all-wheel drive traction. That increased output doesn’t lead to decrease gas financial system, nonetheless, with the Prius HEV anticipated to retain 57 mpg (4 l/100 km) mixed.
Equally, a 1.8L model of the HEV can even be on supply, with barely much less energy output and doubtlessly extra effectivity. Toyota has not launched these numbers but.
The plug-in hybrid model of the brand new Prius will use the identical 2.0-liter engine, an improve from the earlier PHEV “Prime” fashions. This implies extra energy output, however with out dropping the effectivity of the present Prime mannequin (133 MPGe or 1.8 l/100 kme).
This new Prius plug-in mannequin can have a 50% increased driving vary when all-electric, an exterior plug possibility for holding the automotive snug whereas charging, and extra cargo house due to new battery placement beneath the seating as a substitute of on the rear. Output is anticipated to be 223 PS (164 kW).
A lot of the adjustments to the brand new Prius fashions are beneath the bodywork. A brand new technology of the TNGA platform has been developed, including rigidity and a decrease middle of gravity due to the brand new battery placement. Bigger-diameter tires and decrease inside noise are additionally advantages of the brand new platform design.
The brand new Prius will launch in spring of 2023 in Japan, adopted by different markets together with North America and Europe later that 12 months.