The all-new, completely redesigned fifth generation Prius from Toyota has been unveiled. It comes with improved features and equipment as well as an updated hybrid drivetrain. The Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) models will debut in the first quarter of 2023, while the Hybrid (HEV) models will go on sale toward the end of this year.
Toyota Prius Design:
The overall design is very reminiscent of what we have previously seen in speculative renderings. Along with smoother lines and recognizable creases along the sides, it revives the recognizable liftback profile of the 2nd and 3rd generation Prius vehicles.
The front fascia has the appearance of a hammerhead shark, and it is connected by C-shaped LED DRLs that are placed above the main headlamps and a small air intake. Full-width taillights that seamlessly blend in with the carved-out sections of the bodywork highlighted in black trim give the rear end a more upright appearance.
Toyota Prius Interior:
The new Prius’ interior may resemble the interior of the bZ4X EV, which endorsed the Island Architecture styling language and splitted the interior into three sections: the “surroundings,” “driver module,” and “floating instrument panel.” The transition to a digital instrument cluster also signals the end of Toyota’s practice of displaying crucial driving data in the center of the dashboard, which was a constant in earlier Prius iterations.
Built on the second-generation TNGA (GA-C) platform, the new Prius now has a lower center of gravity than before, while according to Toyota can also accommodate large-diameter tires. Moreover, further reinforcement throughout the body has increased rigidity and improved quietness.
The Power Train:
The new 2.0L four-cylinder engine in the fifth-generation Prius outperforms the previous 1.8L engine in terms of power. According to Toyota, the upgraded hybrid system generates 220 horsepower in plug-in hybrid form and 193 horsepower in standard form. Toyota claims that the new Prius PHEV powertrain maintains the same level of fuel efficiency as the old 1.8L setup despite having a larger-displacement engine.
Safety & Driveability:
The new Prius also has an in-car drive recorder, a rear-facing camera for the Digital Inner Mirror, and a monocular Toyota Safety Sense camera at the front. Data is stored on the ECU to prevent data corruption. With improvements to the range of objects that can be detected and the addition of Advanced Park, which can also be controlled remotely from outside the vehicle using a dedicated smartphone app, all variants will come standard with the safety suite.