The fifth-generation Toyota Prius has simply been unveiled in Japan, simply previous to the North American variant launching.
With the brand new Prius, Toyota set about overhauling its most well-known of hybrid fashions making it considerably extra dynamic, roomier, and much more visually interesting than its predecessors. It desires it to evoke enthusiasm inside those who personal it. Vital enhancements have additionally been made to the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Toyota’s adjustments began with the outside the place the automotive builds upon the monoform silhouette of its predecessors however boats an extended wheelbase, decrease middle of gravity, and bigger 19-inch wheels as normal. The design shares similarities to Toyota’s vary of recent Crown fashions, particularly on the entrance finish the place equally dramatic LED headlights are featured. The complete-width LED mild bar on the rear can also be unimaginable to disregard.
Underpinning the brand new Prius is Toyota’s second-generation TNGA platform. This platform sports activities MacPherson struts on the entrance, a double wishbone setup on the rear, and is extra inflexible than the platform used within the outgoing mannequin. Toyota additionally says the second-generation TNGA platform leads to improved responsiveness when cornering and higher stability for straight-line driving.
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Two powertrains have been introduced in Japan. The primary combines a 2.0-liter Dynamic Drive four-cylinder engine, an electrical motor, and lithium-ion batteries to ship a mixed 220 hp (164 kW). Toyota claims that this variant has 50 per cent extra EV driving vary than the earlier mannequin however has not but launched a particular vary quantity.
The second powertrain employs Toyota’s Sequence Parallel Hybrid System accessible in 1.8-liter and a pair of.0-liter guises and producing as a lot as 193 hp (144 kW). This mannequin additionally options the model’s E-4 all-wheel drive system to supply higher efficiency on low-friction highway surfaces and higher stability whereas cornering.
A bunch of security options come packaged with the 2023 Prius. This embrace the most recent model of Toyota Security Sense that features a monocular digicam on the entrance, a rear-facing digicam for the Digital Interior Mirror, and an in-vehicle drive recorder. The Toyota Teammate system additionally comes normal and consists of Superior Park with distant perform, permitting the automotive to be managed remotely when pulling into and out of a parking house.
Toyota has additionally outfitted the 2023 Prius with two 100 VAC / 1,500 W accent energy shops. Energy may be drawn in certainly one of two modes. The primary, BEV exterior energy provide mode, makes use of energy from the battery solely whereas the HEV exterior energy provide mode recharges the battery from the engine if the remaining energy will get too low.
The brand new Prius can also be outfitted with a photo voltaic charging system that generates sufficient energy for as much as 1,250 km (776 miles) of driving per 12 months. Electrical energy generated whereas the automobile is parked is used to cost the drive battery. The system additionally provides electrical energy for the air-con and different capabilities.
The inside can also be a radical departure from earlier Prius fashions. Taking satisfaction of place on the dashboard is a 12.3-inch infotainment show whereas a digital instrument cluster can also be options. The form of the dashboard can also be all-new and incorporates a warning system that can alert the driving force to detected objects by flashing the ambient lights.