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Officially revealed in Las Vegas, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius is said to come with a special sort of paint that has the ability to dissipate heat. In addition to that, we now know the list of colours that customers can opt for, courtesy of Japanese blog, Ethical Life Hack.

Based on snapshots of the official “staff-manual,” colour options include Emotional Red, Dark Blue Mica Metallic, Steele Blonde and Grey Metallic and Thermo Detect Lime Green. The latter is the one that possesses the special heat reflective characteristics mentioned.

As obvious as its name sounds, the Thermo Detect Lime Green paint is said to be the “world’s first,” according to the manual and is able to suppress rising temperatures. In it are particles that are capable of reflecting infrared radiation which in turn makes it difficult for heat absorption.

That heat suppressing paint would indeed be a welcomed addition here though wouldn’t it? Unfortunately the Prius isn’t expected to be a volume seller here in Malaysia since it doesn’t qualify for duty exemptions any more, thanks to the unlikeliness of it being locally assembled in Malaysia.

The fourth-gen Prius sits on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA) platform and is claimed to be 10% more fuel efficient. It also comes with a host of new safety features grouped under the Toyota Safety Sense suite. The blog also says that order-takings for the new Prius in Japan will commence from September 26 onwards.