5th Gen Toyota Prius unveiled; gets 2.0L plugin hybrid and solar panels!

Toyota has unveiled the fifth-generation of their immensely popular hybrid sedan, the Prius. For the first time ever, the Prius will now get  an optional 2.0L plug-in hybrid powertrain. Based off the second-gen TNGA platform, it will be available for sale next year onwards.

The new Prius gets a complete redesign replete with 19 inch alloy wheels and what Toyota calls ” hammerhead shark-like front”. It also features a light bar running across the entire rear end of the car.

In terms of powertrain, Toyota has given it a new 2.0L plug-in hybrid powertrain producing upto 220HP. This powertrain gives the Prius a 0-100Kmph acceleration time of just 6.7 seconds. Toyota also claims to have increased the EV-only driving range by upto 50% compared to the outgoing model. The Prius is also equipped with “My Room” mode which enables the car to run audio and air conditioning on external power while charging. However, this powertrain will be available only for European markets initially and will be the sole version on offer. For Japan, the Prius gets two engine option- 1.8L and 2.0L strong hybrids. The 2.0L strong hybrid produces 190HP.

Inside, Toyota has used their “Island Architecture” for the cockpit. The dashboard is now much more modern and sleek compared to the previous generations. Toyota has also integrated an ” illuminated warning system” which provides the driver with visual warnings besides functioning as ambient lighting. A panoramic moonroof is also on offer.

As for safety features, the Prius now offers a dashcam with data stored in the ECU, a digital IRVM, auto parking and an updated Toyota Safety Sense package among more. Another interesting feature Toyota is offering is two 1500W accessory ports which can use power from an external source or the car itself and comes with an external electric power supply attachment to prevent insects from coming inside the car while idle.

The PHEV versions also get optional solar panels on the roof which can charge the main battery while parked as well as use it to charge auxiliary items such as the air conditioning as well.

Further details are expected to be revealed when the US-version breaks cover later. Eight colour options are on offer. These include the new Ash and Mustard options showcased above. Deliveries for the strong hybrids begin next month. The PHEVs will go on sale from Spring 2023.

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