It has certainly been a big week for hybrid fans, with Toyota launching two new go-green offerings at a go. The Prius c and New Prius rolled in on Monday as integral elements of the company’s new Hybrid Solution theme, and if you haven’t yet caught them in the metal, this weekend is the perfect time to do so.
Both cars – which were teased online just prior to their launch in a ‘Rethink the way you drive’ campaign – will be on display in the showrooms, as part of the Toyota Showroom Weekender in Peninsular Malaysia running from today to Sunday (Feb 24-26), from 9am-6pm daily. The vehicles will be officially available in East Malaysia from March 2 onwards.
The spotlight of course is on the car of the moment, the Prius c. The new B-segment hybrid’s RM97,000 on the road price certainly makes it a very welcome addition to the Malaysian scene, especially for those looking to go green.
To recap our earlier launch story, the 1.5 litre 1NZ-FXE Atkinson cycle mill 73 PS and 111 Nm, combined with the electric motor’s 61 PS and 169 Nm, is good enough to give it a good boost of power. The company says the little one is very much the fun, trendy compact hybrid, a unique proposition and very much an affordable choice. No doubting the latter claims, for sure.
Meanwhile, the New Prius, or facelifted Prius if you will, also rolled in at the same time, and while the thunder pretty much belonged to its smaller sibling, the revised version of the original pacesetter rolls in looking to continue on the impressive ground its predecessor made.
The pricing was maintained for the standard variant, and with a slew of refinements and added features, the facelift should continue to do well enough, very much positioned as the sophisticated sibling in the equation. We’re hoping to get our hands on both cars for a closer look at how they shape up, and hopefully this will be soon.
If you don’t already know everything there is to know about the Hybrid Synergy Drive system, you can find out more about the tech behind the scenes here.