Toyota certain stepped up the sport on the brand new Prius. For the primary time, it really seems to be GOOD.
And with regards to reliability the Prius may very well be argued essentially the most dependable automotive of our lifetime.
So here is the query.
If the Prius was in showrooms now and also you had to decide on between that and a Tesla Mannequin 3 in your ‘inexperienced’ automotive, which might YOU spend the cash on?
Toyota has unveiled the all-new Prius for the primary time globally, with Sequence Parallel Hybrid (HEV) fashions to launch in winter this 12 months and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) fashions to launch in spring 2023.
Coming with the tagline “Simply in time for the twenty first century,” the Prius was first launched in 1997 because the world’s first mass-produced hybrid automotive. The mannequin’s second technology launched the Prius’ distinctive monoform silhouette for the primary time and delivered even higher gasoline effectivity with the inclusion of an developed Sequence Parallel Hybrid System (THSII). The third technology Prius launched a bigger capability 1.8-liter engine and extra environment friendly hybrid system to not solely improve gasoline effectivity however driving efficiency as nicely. With the fourth technology, the Prius used the Toyota New International Structure (TNGA) platform for the primary time to ship improved environmental efficiency and an developed driving expertise.
That means “to go earlier than” in Latin, the Prius has led the enlargement of HEVs over the 25 years because it was first launched as a new-generation eco-car with excellent gasoline effectivity. Whole cumulative gross sales of the Prius worldwide have reached about 5.05 million models*1, accounting for a discount equal to a minimum of about 82 million tons*2 of CO2 emissions as of March 2022. Whereas the hybrid system had its begin with the Prius, virtually each mannequin lately, from compact vehicles to SUVs, minivans, and business autos, has a hybrid model cherished and loved by numerous clients.
Whereas the Prius has performed a number one position in driving hybrid use, the present unfold of HEVs via a variety of fashions means it has reached a turning level.
The event workforce determined to start out from scratch and take a look at what the Prius wants to stay fashionable for the following 25 years. Based mostly on a need to resume the Prius itself and talk the enchantment of hybrid vehicles to a good wider viewers, the Hybrid Reborn idea was created.
The automotive business goes via a once-in-a-century transformation, with a variety of latest next-generation powertrain choices being developed. For the Prius HEV to proceed because the car of alternative for the approaching technology, the brand new Prius wanted greater than its core power as an environmentally pleasant automotive. Subsequently, it was developed as an exhilarating package deal with, trendy designs that customers will fall in love with at first sight and charming driving efficiency.
Following Japan, the brand new Prius might be launched in North America, Europe, and different international locations around the globe. It can even be supplied in Japan via the KINTO*5 automotive subscription service. Precise particulars of the service plan might be introduced in winter this 12 months.
A signature of the Hybrid Reborn idea
Sporty exterior styling that appeals to the senses
- Inheriting the signature monoform silhouette of the authentic Prius, the brand new Prius has been reborn with much more trendy proportions via a low middle of gravity and large-diameter 19-inch wheels on the second-generation TNGA platform.
- The straightforward but sculpted physique expresses exhilaration that appeals to the senses and a common magnificence that can stay fashionable into the longer term.
- The entrance hammerhead shark-like design achieves a excessive degree of stability between performance and styling, whereas the rear design provides rear mixture taillights extending horizontally to the left and proper, additional accentuating the superior design of the Prius.
Inside styling that fuses “enjoyable to drive” with “subtle”
- The “island structure” idea achieves a low-stress, spacious inside with a cockpit that makes it simple to focus on driving. Altogether, the inside provides intuitive operation and an pleasing driving expertise.
- The inside comes with black tones all through and coordinated instrument panel and seat stitching finishes. The inside achieves a stability between sportiness and a brand new sophistication.
- The instrument panel makes use of Toyota’s first illuminated warning system. Along with offering an ambient gentle that highlights the inside, this new Toyota Security Sense-linked characteristic is included into the styling. It alerts the motive force to detected objects via flashing lights earlier than the audible warnings to create a extra reassuring driving expertise.
Colour design to stability sportiness and refinement
A complete of eight physique colours can be found, together with two newly-developed strong base colours of Ash and Mustard that create a sporty impression. The sporty and complex inside coloration coordination brings touches of coloration to the each day lives of shoppers.
Subsequent-generation hybrid system achieves good gasoline effectivity and a cushty driving expertise in a automotive that reacts as anticipated
2.0-liter Plug-in Hybrid System
The brand new Prius comes with Toyota’s first 2.0-liter Plug-in Hybrid System to ship acceleration and tranquility which are dramatically improved from the earlier mannequin. The mixture of a high-efficiency Dynamic Power Engine and lithium-ion batteries for top output drive obtain most system output*4 of as a lot as 164 kW (223 PS) whereas sustaining the identical degree of gasoline effectivity*4 because the earlier mannequin. This model has excellent dynamic efficiency with the highly effective acceleration of a PHEV, reaching 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds*4.
- EV driving vary is about 50% increased than the earlier mannequin. Because of this, with improved battery efficiency, the brand new Prius can function on EV mode alone for many each day drives. It additionally comes with a “My Room Mode” that lets customers get pleasure from air-con and audio programs from the exterior energy supply by turning the ability change on throughout charging, making the inside area much more snug.
- With the PHEV, the battery pack is positioned underneath the rear seat as a substitute of within the cargo space, giving the brand new Prius a decrease middle of gravity and elevated cargo capability. Collectively, these options ship a stability between sporty driving efficiency and improved ease of use.
2.0-liter / 1.8-liter Sequence Parallel Hybrid System
- This model of the brand new Prius employs the newest Sequence Parallel Hybrid System. It provides satisfying acceleration and responsive driving in a automotive that reacts as anticipated whereas sustaining the identical degree of gasoline effectivity*4 because the earlier mannequin. Most system output is 144 kW (193 PS)*4 for the two.0-liter model, which is 1.6 instances increased*5 than the earlier mannequin, reaching an acceptable dynamic efficiency for the sporty new Prius.
- This model comes with the newest E-4 system. Using a high-output motor and different options, it provides improved uphill efficiency on low-friction highway surfaces, like snow-covered roads, and higher stability when turning.
Additional developed TNGA platform
Second-generation TNGA platform
- The second-generation TNGA platform was developed as an ongoing enchancment of the matured TNGA platform to attain the exhilarating styling and driving efficiency of the brand new Prius, permitting for a decrease middle of gravity and large-diameter tires.
- Extra reinforcement all through the physique has elevated rigidity and improved quietness. Utilizing MacPherson struts at the entrance and a double wishbone setup on the rear, the suspension system supplies stability for straight-line driving, responsiveness that meets driver intentions in corners, and simple line-tracing potential. Mixed with the newest powertrains, it delivers a charming driving efficiency.
Probably the most superior security and driving assist programs present reassuring and handy driving
Toyota Security Sense
Toyota Security Sense, the newest energetic security package deal with superior and improved capabilities, is normal on all new Prius grades. The vary of detectable objects has been expanded even additional, enabling pleasing driving with peace of thoughts.
The brand new Prius comes with Superior Park (with distant operate), a sophisticated driving assist system. It allows simple computerized parking and exiting from parking areas in quite a lot of parking conditions, and with operation outdoors the automotive through a devoted smartphone app, the automotive also can enter and exit parking areas remotely.
Secure and reassuring driving
- The brand new Prius is provided with a Toyota Security Sense monocular digital camera on the entrance, a rear-facing digital camera for the Digital Inside Mirror, and an in-vehicle drive recorder. This setup has a clear look and not using a sense of the cameras and wires being retrofitted. The info is saved on the ECU to keep away from knowledge corruption and different points related to SD playing cards and correctly handle essential digital camera knowledge.
- This mannequin is provided with two 100 VAC / 1,500 W accent energy retailers; one in the back of the middle console and one within the cargo area. Customers can choose the BEV exterior energy provide mode, which makes use of energy from the battery solely with out having to start out the engine, or the HEV exterior energy provide mode, which recharges the battery from the engine if the remaining energy is simply too low. It additionally comes with an exterior electrical energy provide attachment as normal in order that exterior energy provide is feasible with the door home windows closed to stop rain and bugs from getting within the automotive when in use.
The brand new Prius additionally comes with a panoramic view moonroof which will be absolutely opened to create a way of freedom inside the cabin. PHEV fashions are geared up with a second-generation photo voltaic charging system that achieves a extra environment friendly conversion of photo voltaic vitality into electrical energy. This generates energy equal to driving as much as 1,250 km per 12 months*4*6. Electrical energy generated whereas parked is used to cost the drive battery, with the system not solely supplying electrical energy for driving however for air-con and different capabilities as nicely. Electrical energy generated throughout driving is used to complement the auxiliary battery system.