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 automobile. 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 advanced 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 advanced driving expertise.
Which means “to go earlier than” in Latin, the Prius has led the growth 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 at the very least about 82 million tons*2 of CO2 emissions as of March 2022. Whereas the hybrid system had its begin with the Prius, nearly each mannequin today, 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 by means of a variety of fashions means it has reached a turning level.
The event crew determined to start out from scratch and have a look at what the Prius wants to stay well-liked for the subsequent 25 years. Based mostly on a want to resume the Prius itself and talk the enchantment of hybrid vehicles to a fair wider viewers, the Hybrid Reborn idea was created.
The automotive trade goes by means of a once-in-a-century transformation, with a spread of latest next-generation powertrain choices being developed. For the Prius HEV to proceed because the car of selection for the approaching technology, the brand new Prius wanted greater than its core power as an environmentally pleasant automobile. Due to this fact, it was developed as an exhilarating package deal with, fashionable 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 nations all over the world. It should even be provided in Japan by means of the KINTO*5 automobile 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 unique Prius, the brand new Prius has been reborn with much more fashionable proportions by means of a low heart 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 may stay well-liked into the long run.
- The entrance hammerhead shark-like design achieves a excessive stage of stability between performance and styling, whereas the rear design gives 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 straightforward to focus on driving. Altogether, the inside gives intuitive operation and an satisfying 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 function is integrated into the styling. It alerts the motive force to detected objects by means of flashing lights earlier than the audible warnings to create a extra reassuring driving expertise.
Coloration 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 complicated inside coloration coordination brings touches of coloration to the day by day lives of shoppers.
Subsequent-generation hybrid system achieves good gasoline effectivity and a cushty driving expertise in a automobile 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 can be dramatically improved from the earlier mannequin. The mixture of a high-efficiency Dynamic Drive 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 stage 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. Which means, with improved battery efficiency, the brand new Prius can function on EV mode alone for many day by day drives. It additionally comes with a “My Room Mode” that lets customers take pleasure in air-con and audio techniques from the exterior energy supply by turning the facility change on throughout charging, making the inside house much more comfy.
- With the PHEV, the battery pack is situated below the rear seat as an alternative of within the cargo space, giving the brand new Prius a decrease heart 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 gives satisfying acceleration and responsive driving in a automobile that reacts as anticipated whereas sustaining the identical stage 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 gives improved uphill efficiency on low-friction highway surfaces, like snow-covered roads, and larger stability when turning.
Additional advanced 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 heart 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 offers stability for straight-line driving, responsiveness that meets driver intentions in corners, and simple line-tracing capacity. Mixed with the newest powertrains, it delivers a charming driving efficiency.
Essentially the most superior security and driving assist techniques present reassuring and handy driving
Toyota Security Sense
Toyota Security Sense, the newest energetic security package deal with superior and improved features, is commonplace on all new Prius grades. The vary of detectable objects has been expanded even additional, enabling satisfying driving with peace of thoughts.
The brand new Prius comes with Superior Park (with distant operate), a complicated driving assist system. It permits straightforward computerized parking and exiting from parking areas in quite a lot of parking conditions, and with operation outdoors the automobile through a devoted smartphone app, the automobile can even enter and exit parking areas remotely.
Secure and reassuring driving
- The brand new Prius is supplied with a Toyota Security Sense monocular digicam on the entrance, a rear-facing digicam for the Digital Internal Mirror, and an in-vehicle drive recorder. This setup has a clear look with no sense of the cameras and wires being retrofitted. The information is saved on the ECU to keep away from knowledge corruption and different points related to SD playing cards and correctly handle essential digicam knowledge.
- This mannequin is supplied with two 100 VAC / 1,500 W accent energy shops; one behind the middle console and one within the cargo house. 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 just too low. It additionally comes with an exterior electrical energy provide attachment as commonplace in order that exterior energy provide is feasible with the door home windows closed to forestall rain and bugs from getting within the automobile when in use.
The brand new Prius additionally comes with a panoramic view moonroof which might be totally 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 power 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 features as nicely. Electrical energy generated throughout driving is used to complement the auxiliary battery system.