NEW – Unveiled at the Los Angeles show, the fifth generation of the mother of all hybrids is even more efficient.
The Toyota Prius is unrecognizable. In twenty-five years, the mother of all hybrid models has gone from a somewhat off-puttingly styled 4.31m saloon to a desirable wagon. Technology has also evolved considerably. In a quarter of a century, power has almost doubled, rising from 117 horsepower by combining a 72 hp 1.5-litre 16-valve VVT-i 4-cylinder engine with a 45 hp electric motor powered by a nickel metal hydride battery, 223 horsepower thanks to plug-in hybrid technology, the only one offered on the fifth generation launched in the spring of 2023.
Compared to the fourth opus, the next Prius is already distinguished by much more attractive lines. The silhouette retains the one-box spirit of its predecessor, but the shapes are more modern and the bodywork gains in fluidity. Based on the second-generation GA-C platform of the TNGA architecture, the fifth Prius has kept its roof which seems to be drawn with a line in the shape of an arc of a circle, but the roof is lowered by 50 mm, in particular to the benefit of the center of gravity. At the same time, the wheelbase has been lengthened by 50 mm and the length reduced by nearly the same amount (46 mm) in favor of a better balance of forms. The posture of the Prius is also based on a body widened by 22 mm.
The interior presentation is inspired by the latest achievements of the brand and in particular the bZ4X electric SUV with a steering wheel that seems to form a single block with the digital instrument cluster located at a good distance. We experienced this with the SUV: this layout, which dispenses with the use of the head-up display, determines a perfectible driving position.
Plug-in hybrid technology
Under the hood, the Prius 4’s 1.8-litre petrol gives way to a 148-hp 2-litre. It is associated with a 120 kW (160 hp) electric motor, which increases the power to 223 horsepower. The Japanese manufacturer assures that performance has improved significantly. Consumption is also reduced and electric range increases by 50% thanks to the adoption of a 13.6 kWh battery installed under the rear seat. Already available from the Prius 3, the solar roof is renewed on certain finishes.