Just before the North American version of the Toyota Prius launches, the fifth generation of the hybrid vehicle has just been unveiled in Japan. Although we can't be certain of the specifications or features for the American market just yet, this reveal gives us a glimpse of what to anticipate.
With the new Prius, Toyota completely redesigned one of its most well-known hybrid vehicles, making it much more spacious and energetic. The plug-in hybrid powertrain has also seen notable upgrades.
The bodywork of the car continues the monoform look of its predecessors while including a longer wheelbase, a lower center of gravity, and larger 19-inch wheels as standard. This is where Toyota's improvements began.
The changed proportions in terms of size include a 50 mm decrease in height and a 50 mm increase in wheelbase. The length is 46 mm shorter overall. There is a 22 mm increase in breadth.
The redesigned Prius' interior design resembles that of the bZ4X SUV. A 12.3-inch infotainment display and a digital instrument cluster
The second-generation TNGA platform from Toyota serves as the chassis for the new Prius. This base is stiffer than the one utilized in the preceding model and features MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone system in the back. Additionally, Toyota claims that the second-generation TNGA platform improves straight-line stability and cornering responsiveness.
The new Prius is only offered as a plug-in hybrid in Europe. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 220-horsepower system output is part of the powertrain. This is a 99-hp increase over the 1.8-liter four-pot that powers the current vehicle and produces 121-hp with electrical assistance.
The 13.6-kilowatt-hour battery in the Prius plug-in in Europe replaces the 8.8 kWh pack in the previous generation. The apparatus is located behind the back seats. Toyota has not yet provided a particular range figure but claims that this variant has a 50% longer EV driving range than the previous model.
The second engine uses Toyota's Series Parallel Hybrid System, which comes in 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter variations and can provide up to 193 horsepower. In order to perform better on low-friction road surfaces and to provide greater stability when cornering, this model also includes the brand's E-Four all-wheel drive system.
A solar roof panel will be an option for the Prius plug-in. It is not stated in the announcement for the European-market model whether this mechanism will increase the vehicle's driving range.
Toyota has also outfitted the 2023 Prius with two 100 VAC / 1,500 W supplementary power outlets. Power can be drawn in one of two ways. The first, BEV external power supply mode, exclusively uses power from the battery, but the HEV external power supply mode recharges the battery from the engine if the remaining power becomes too low.
The new Prius also has a solar charging system that generates enough power for up to 1,250 kilometers of driving every year. The electricity generated while the car is parked is utilized to charge the driving battery. The system also provides power for the air conditioning and other tasks.
The most recent iteration of Toyota Safety Sense comes equipped with a front monocular camera, a rear-facing camera for the Digital Inner Mirror, and an in-car drive recorder. The Toyota Teammate system also includes the Advanced Park with remote function as standard equipment, enabling remote control of the vehicle when pulling into and out of a parking space.
We anticipate having specifications for the US-spec model very soon after this introduction in Europe.