Toyota has unveiled the fifth-generation Prius, with the latest iteration of the first series-production hybrid vehicle sporting striking exterior design language and a new petrol-electric system. 

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Starting with the new-generation hybrid powertrain, the plug-in hybrid set-up comprises a 111 kW 2.0-litre petrol engine coupled with a 120 kW transaxle front-mounted electric motor, which. The combined power output comes in at 164 kW, 74 kW more than the previous-generation model. According to the Japanese automaker, the increased power ensures strong and responsive acceleration. 

“The new Plug-in Prius strengthens Toyota’s multi-technology line-up”

In addition, the electric-only range has been enhanced by “more than” 50 per cent thanks to a new 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery is installed under the rear seats thanks to its compact dimensions. In Toyota’s quest for maximum efficiency, clean energy can be generated optionally via roof-mounted solar cells. 

Now, onto the exterior. The company has re-imagined the “iconic” wedge-shaped bodywork for the box-fresh Prius. The design features “elegant” and “modern” lines. The firm says unnecessary forms and lines were discarded in favour of a simple and clean design.  The overall height has been decreased by 50 mm. At the same time, the overall length has been reduced by 46 mm. However, the latest Prius is 22 wider than its predecessor. 

Inside, the Prius’ new ‘Island Architecture’ cabin is divided into three zones: surroundings, driver module and floating instrument panel. Toyota says the driver and passenger surroundings are spacious and stylish. The driver module is based around a 7.0-inch LCD instrument binnacle, while the “newly-designed” instrument panel “prioritises” cabin comfort. 

Prius

“Toyota is committed to carbon neutrality, and the Hybrid technology originally pioneered by the Prius continues to contribute significantly to the transition towards zero emissions. The new Plug-in Prius strengthens Toyota’s multi-technology line-up, which also includes battery electric (BEV) and fuel cell electric (FCEV) solutions, by delivering increased efficiency and accessible carbon reduction,” said the manufacturer. 

Read our feature on Toyota’s EV strategy here.