Toyota Prius 2023

  • Bangkok 2023: Fifth-gen Toyota Prius makes ASEAN debut in Thailand – should this be sold in Malaysia?

    Bangkok 2023: Fifth-gen Toyota Prius makes ASEAN debut in Thailand – should this be sold in Malaysia?

    Following its world premiere in November last year, the fifth-generation Toyota Prius has now made an appearance at the ongoing Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). Now built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the all-new model has been making waves with its striking new design, which you can clearly see here.

    Thailand is where the latest Prius is making its ASEAN debut, but the model hasn’t gone on sale in the country and it wasn’t announced if this will happen. As such, this unit in a Mustard paint finish was brought in purely for display purposes and to represent Toyota’s multi-technology approach to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Featuring the signature liftback profile of the original Prius, the fifth-generation model’s glow-up also sees it receive a hammerhead shark-like fascia with C-shaped daytime running lights sitting just above the slender headlamps linked via a narrow air intake.

    Bangkok 2023: Fifth-gen Toyota Prius makes ASEAN debut in Thailand – should this be sold in Malaysia?

    The more upright rear sports a hatch opening and wide-width taillights, with the latter blending in nearly with sculpted sections of the bodywork. You’ll also see find black cladding around the wheel arches that house 19-inch alloys.

    As for the interior, the new Prius takes inspiration from its all-electric sibling, the bZ4X, by adopting the same steering wheel and placement of the digital instrument panel well ahead of the driver. There’s also a more modern dashboard design with simpler lines, while the centre console adopts a more conventional gear lever instead of the previous stub sticking out horizontally.

    It isn’t known precisely what powertrain is fitted to this Prius, but it is definitely a hybrid given the ‘HEV’ badging. In Japan, there are two hybrid systems available, with the first featuring a M20A-FXS 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that serves up 152 PS (150 hp or 112 kW) and 188 Nm of torque.

    Bangkok 2023: Fifth-gen Toyota Prius makes ASEAN debut in Thailand – should this be sold in Malaysia?

    This is augmented by a 1VM front electric motor rated at 113 PS (111 hp or 83 kW) and 206 Nm, which contributes to a total system output of 196 PS (193 hp or 144 kW). An E-Four all-wheel drive system is optional and adds a second electric motor labelled the 1WM with 41 PS (40 hp or 30 kW) and 84 Nm is added, increasing the system output to 199 PS (196 hp or 146 kW).

    The second option uses a 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre NA four-cylinder making 98 PS (97 hp or 72 kW) and 142 Nm. The 1VM electric motor accompanying this has lesser outputs of 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 185 Nm for a total system output of 140 PS (138 hp or 103 kW). Both hybrid powertrains come with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) and use the same lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 4.08 Ah.

    After looking at the live photos of the all-new Prius, are you even more enamoured and hopeful for the model to be made available in Malaysia? In Japan, hybrid versions of the Prius are priced between 2.75 and 3.7 million yen (RM92,412 and RM124,336). What would be a fair price if it was sold here?

    GALLERY: 2023 Toyota Prius (Japan market)

     
     
  • 2023 Toyota Prius available with GR Parts in Japan

    2023 Toyota Prius available with GR Parts in Japan

    If you’re not a fan of the Modellista parts available for the fifth-generation Toyota Prius, maybe you’ll like the GR Parts catalogue instead.

    The line-up consists of various exterior items like a front spoiler that retails for 60,500 yen (RM2,013), a tailgate spoiler priced at 44,000 yen (RM1,464), window visors for 27,500 yen (RM915) and a door handle protector set for 3,300 yen (RM110). There’s even a carbon number plate holder that costs 19,800 yen (RM659) each for the front and rear.

    Toyota also sells functional modifications in the form of a Performance Damper (trademarked by Yamaha) set that absorbs chassis distortion as well as noise and vibrations while driving – this is priced at 99,000 yen (RM3,294).

    Last but not least, there are door stabilisers available in a set of two for 16,500 yen (RM549), or 33,000 yen (RM1,097) for all four doors. These fill the gap in the door striker area using a spacer, which Toyota says provides quicker steering response by cutting down the delay from when the steering wheel is turned.

    Customers can buy these parts individually or as a bundle that goes for 264,000 yen (RM8,776) and includes the front spoiler, tailgate spoiler, Performance Damper set, window visors and door stabilisers.

     
     
  • 2023 Toyota Prius now available with PHEV powertrain in Japan – 223 PS, up to 105 km EV range; fr RM151k

    2023 Toyota Prius now available with PHEV powertrain in Japan – 223 PS, up to 105 km EV range; fr RM151k

    After launching the fifth-generation Toyota Prius in Japan with two hybrid powertrains in January this year, the Japanese carmaker is following up by introducing a plug-in hybrid variant to the line-up. Priced at 4.6 million yen (RM150,758), the Prius PHEV will only be available in a sole Z grade when it goes on sale on March 15, 2023.

    As a recap, the Prius with Toyota’s Series Parallel Hybrid System (HEV) comes in 2.0 and 1.8 litre versions. The former features a M20A-FXS naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that serves up 152 PS (150 hp or 112 kW) and 188 Nm of torque.

    This is augmented by a 1VM front electric motor rated at 113 PS (111 hp or 83 kW) and 206 Nm, which contributes to a total system output of 196 PS (193 hp or 144 kW). With the optional E-Four all-wheel drive system, a second electric motor dubbed the 1WM with 41 PS (40 hp or 30 kW) and 84 Nm is added, increasing the system output to 199 PS (196 hp or 146 kW).

    Meanwhile, the 1.8 option is based on the 2ZR-FXE NA four-pot that makes 98 PS (97 hp or 72 kW) and 142 Nm. The 1VM electric motor outputs less power in this configuration, serving up 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 185 Nm for a total system output of 140 PS (138 hp or 103 kW) – this is the same figure you get with the optional E-Four AWD system and 1WM electric motor. Both hybrid powertrains sport the same lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 4.08 Ah.

    The PHEV is more powerful than the standard hybrids thanks to its uprated 1VM electric motor that provides 163 PS (161 hp or 120 kW) and 208 Nm. This is paired with the same M20A-FXS, albeit revised ever so slightly so it makes 151 PS (149 hp) or 111 kW) and 188 Nm.

    The result is a total system output of 223 PS (220 hp or 164 kW), although the PHEV is purely a front-wheel drive offering. All variants of the Prius come standard with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT).

    In terms of electric-only range, the Prius PHEV’s battery with an energy capacity of 13.6 kWh (51 Ah) will offer up to 87 km with 19-inch wheels, or 105 km with 17-inch wheels. Wheel sizes also affect fuel efficiency, with the larger set offering 26 km/l, while it’s 30.1 km/l with the 17 inchers. With an AC input of 200 volts and 16 amps (3.2 kW), a full charge takes 4.5 hours, Toyota claims.

    The Prius PHEV also comes equipped with a solar charging system that is said to provide enough power to drive up to 1,250 km per year. Electric power generated from the solar panel is used to charge the drive battery while parked, with the system not only supplying electricity for driving but for air conditioning and other functions as well. The system also supplies the auxiliary battery system when driving to reduce drive battery consumption.

    Another benefit of the plug-in hybrid powertrain is its ability to act as an external power supply, providing up 1,500 watts (1.5 kW) at 100 volts AC to accessories. An external electric power supply attachment is provided as standard so the feature can be used with the door windows closed to prevent rain and insects from getting in the car when in use.

    With a price tag of 4.6 million yen (RM150,758), the Prius PHEV is the most expensive variant set to go on sale. The Z variant with the 2.0 litre hybrid system and E-Four AWD sells for 3.92 million yen (RM128,605) by comparison, with the cheapest variant purchasable outright being the G grade with the same 2.0 litre hybrid system and 2WD for 3.2 million yen (RM105,013).

    The entry-level grade of the Prius is the U that comes with the 1.8 litre hybrid system, although this is offered through Toyota’s Kinto subscription service – 16,610 yen (RM545) per month for 2WD and 18,480 yen (RM606) per month for the E-Four AWD.

     
     
  • 2023 Toyota Prius in Japan receives Modellista parts

    2023 Toyota Prius in Japan receives Modellista parts

    Toyota has launched a range of Modellista parts for the fifth-generation Prius, which went on sale in Japan back in January this year. As always, there are a few package options for customers to choose from that bundles various parts to fit a particular theme.

    The first is called the Neo Advance Style that consists of a front and rear bumper extensions, the latter also featuring a new muffler. Other parts that are included in this theme include side skirts and accompanying garnish, 19-inch aluminium wheels well as illuminated light rings for the front apron.

    2023 Toyota Prius in Japan receives Modellista parts

    The Neo Advance Style package retails for 364,100 yen (RM11,930) with the components painted, or 289,300 yen (RM9,479) without the light rings. The wheels are sold separately for 242,000 yen (RM7,930) but will only be available from mid-March.

    Next up, there’s the Elegant Ice Style that adds a bodykit with front and rear lip spoilers, plus side skirts for 209,000 yen (RM6,850). Items offered individually to complete the set are the same wheels from the Neo Advance Style, albeit in a different finish, and carbon-like door handle protectors.

    2023 Toyota Prius in Japan receives Modellista parts

    Last but not least, the Prius can also be optioned with the Cool Shine Kit for 78,100 yen (RM2,560). This nets you some garnishes for the headlamps, bottom section of the doors and door handles. A different 17-inch wheel design is available too for 132,000 yen (RM4,327), while other items available are lighting for the interior centre console, a seat cushion that doubles as a tote bag, window film, a security licence plate holder and lock nuts to protect the wheels.

     
     
  • 2023 Toyota Prius 1.8 and 2.0 hybrid launched in Japan

    2023 Toyota Prius 1.8 and 2.0 hybrid launched in Japan

    After making its debut in November last year, the 2023 Toyota Prius has gone on sale in Japan. Only the hybrid variant is available for now, with the plug-in hybrid version expected to be available in March 2023.

    There are eight different variants on sale in Japan – four trim levels which are 1.8X, 1.8U, 2.0G and 2.0Z that have both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants each, making a total of eight. Toyota expects to sell 4,300 units of the Prius a month.

    The cheapest 1.8X 2WD is priced at 2,750,000 yen which translates to about RM92k at today’s exchange rates. The most expensive 2.0Z E-Four goes for 3,920,000 yen which is about RM130k.

    2023 Toyota Prius 1.8 and 2.0 hybrid launched in Japan

    Interestingly the 1.8U 2WD and E-Four variants (which sit between the 1.8X and the 2.0G) cannot be purchased and will only be exclusively offered for subscription through the Kinto Unlimited car subscription service. Other than the exclusive 1.8U, the 2.0G and 2.0Z is also available on Kinto. In case you didn’t know, Kinto car subscription is available in Malaysia as well.

    The 1.8 liter model is the most fuel efficient, with mileage claims of up to 32.6 km/L. As a comparison, the 2.0 liter model is rated at 28.6 km/L, but its plus point is a more powerful system output of 196 PS. Both the 1.8 and 2.0 Prius use a 4.08 Ah battery pack.

    Toyota also says the Prius has a few Toyota-first additions to the Toyota Safety Sense system. First there’s rear vehicle proximity notification, which uses the blind spot monitor’s rear millimeter wave radar to detect vehicles in the rear and alert the driver if one is approaching.

    2023 Toyota Prius 1.8 and 2.0 hybrid launched in Japan

    If a vehicle approaching from the rear is too close, this system offers the driver suggestions for dealing with the issue, including contacting the police or the HELPNET emergency call service. If the Prius is equipped with the factory dashcam option, it will automatically record the event with the video data stored in a dedicated area that makes it difficult to record over.

    Finally there’s secondary collision brake, which using the Blind Spot Monitor’s rear millimeter-wave radar, detects vehicles in the rear and, if it determines a very high possibility of a collision while the vehicle is stopped, it applies the brakes to reduce speed if a rear collision occurs.

    Toyota has also released a new image gallery with the introduction of the Japanese Prius featuring right hand drive interior photos, so please enjoy them in the gallery below.

     
     
  • 2023 Toyota Prius PHEV details – 69 km EV range, 13.6 kWh battery, solar roof returns 8 km range per day

    2023 Toyota Prius PHEV details – 69 km EV range, 13.6 kWh battery, solar roof returns 8 km range per day

    Following the introduction of the all-new Prius plug-in hybrid (PHEV) recently, Toyota has revealed additional details of the fifth-generation hybrid model. The new Prius PHEV is set to be introduced in Europe by mid-2023.

    In terms of powertrains, the new plug-in hybrid Prius is powered by a 2.0 litre Dynamic Force Engine paired with an electric motor to deliver a total system output of 223 PS (164 kW). The higher output also means the Prius now takes just 6.7 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h (compared to the 11.1 seconds before). Despite the larger engine displacement, Toyota said that the new Prius is as fuel efficient as the previous 1.8 litre model.

    It’s now also revealed that the battery pack that makes up the Prius’ PHEV powertrain is a new 13.6 kWh lithium-ion unit. The battery pack features higher energy density cells for optimised packaging and is now compact enough to be fitted under the rear passenger seat.

    2023 Toyota Prius PHEV details – 69 km EV range, 13.6 kWh battery, solar roof returns 8 km range per day

    Aside from lowering the car’s centre of gravity, the new lithium-ion battery pack also provides the Prius with an EV range of 69 km – a 50% increase in pure EV range compared to the 40-50 km range offered in the previous generation model. A solar roof is also available to generate electric power while on the move.

    Toyota claims that it can generate up to eight kilometres of EV range daily. It can even fully charge the car’s battery if parked for several days. Further details of the Prius’ dimensions were also revealed. It’s 50 mm lower, 22 mm wider and 46 mm shorter than before, with a 50 mm longer wheelbase. The new Prius is now offered with up to 19-inch wheels.

    The cabin of the all-new Prius is built upon the new Island Architecture framework for a spacious and uncluttered interior as it is divided into three zones – surroundings, a driver module and a floating instrument panel. Ahead of the driver is a seven-inch TFT LCD display. Instrument panel illumination is linked to notifications from the Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance system, with alerts projected in various colours.

    On the aspect of safety, the Prius’ Toyota Safety Sense system now features an enhanced front camera with twice the forward detection capabilities from before, along with a wider lateral and vertical view. This allows the camera to detect nearby objects earlier while also identifying a wider range of potential hazards such as roadside objects. Radar sensors have also been fitted to the front side section to support the pre-collision system, lane trace assist and front cross-traffic alert features.

    The increased detection range also means pre-collision alerts now include motorcycle and oncoming vehicles, in addition to enhanced vehicle and pedestrian avoidance. The pre-collision system works in tandem with the new Intersection Collision Avoidance Support to detect pedestrians crossing when the vehicle is turning and react to vehicles crossing a junction.

    The new Proactive Driving Assist alerts and supports the driver with steering and braking support provided by the Obstacle Anticipation Assist system. The Deceleration Assist feature slows the vehicle down when the accelerator is released with varying levels of deceleration according to approaching turns or traffic. The Prius’ Steering Assist feature, on the other hand, detects the upcoming road direction and adapts the power steering strength to aid smoother cornering.

     
     
  • 2023 Toyota Prius debuts – fifth-gen receives radical redesign, new 223 PS 2.0L PHEV, 196 PS 2.0L hybrid

    2023 Toyota Prius debuts – fifth-gen receives radical redesign, new 223 PS 2.0L PHEV, 196 PS 2.0L hybrid

    After some brief teasing, Toyota has unveiled the all-new, fifth-generation Prius, which is built on an evolution of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) used by the fourth-generation model. The Prius nameplate has been around since 1997 with around 5.05 million units sold, and for the latest iteration, the Japanese carmaker says it “decided to start from scratch and look at what the Prius needs to remain popular for the next 25 years.”

    The total redesign has resulted in a rather inviting shape that bring back the signature liftback profile of the original. This is coupled with sleeker lines (note the hidden rear door handles) and distinctive creases along the sides, the latter of which also helps accentuate the wheel arches.

    Up front, we find a hammerhead shark-like fascia that appears even pointier than what is seen on the bZ4X and Crown, which is joined by C-shaped daytime running lights (reminiscent of the bZ Compact SUV concept) that sit above the main headlamps and narrow air intake. A larger, hexagonal-shaped intake with a gloss black trim surround occupies the front lower apron, with another noticeable design cue being the bonnet creases that extend to the tip of the nose.

    As for the rear, the outgoing car’s secondary window and protruding boot have been omitted with the liftback profile. The more upright look is accompanied by wide-width taillights that blend in neatly with the carved-out sections of the bodywork highlighted in black trim. Further down, there’s nothing overly expressive, with just a black panel that contains the trapezoidal-shaped number plate recess and reflectors.

    2023 Toyota Prius debuts – fifth-gen receives radical redesign, new 223 PS 2.0L PHEV, 196 PS 2.0L hybrid

    Inside, the new Prius takes a page out of the bZ4X by adopting the same steering wheel and placing the digital instrument cluster further up the dashboard. Toyota says the latter features the first implementation of its illuminated warning system, which not only provides ambient lighting, but also ties into the Toyota Safety Sense systems to visually alert (by flashing lights) the driver to detected objects before audible warnings are delivered.

    The new digital instrument cluster also marks the end of Toyota’s placement of vital driving information on the centre of dash, which is something you’ll find in previous generations of the Prius. This “normalisation” of the cabin is also evident in other areas like the centre console that houses the gear lever, wireless phone charger and controls for various vehicle functions.

    Elsewhere, the air vents are more discreet compared to the fourth-generation model, and it is sandwiched by a wide touchscreen and a separate control panel dedicated to the climate system further down.

    Under the skin, the second-generation TNGA (GA-C) platform allows the Prius to have a lower centre of gravity than before, while also being to accommodate large-diametre tyres. Additionally, further reinforcement throughout the body has increased rigidity and improved quietness.

    2023 Toyota Prius debuts – fifth-gen receives radical redesign, new 223 PS 2.0L PHEV, 196 PS 2.0L hybrid

    The new Prius’ platform is paired with MacPherson struts at the front and a double wishbone setup at the rear, which is the same as its predecessor. “Combined with the latest powertrains, it delivers a captivating driving performance,” Toyota claims.

    Let’s talk about those powertrains. The big news is the introduction of a 2.0 litre plug-in hybrid system that uses a Dynamic Force Engine (M20A-FXS) providing 151 PS (149 hp or 111 kW), a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor rated at 163 PS (161 hp or 120 kW) to deliver a total system output of 223 PS (220 hp or 164 kW). The battery pack is located under the rear seat instead of the in the cargo area so the centre of gravity and boot space aren’t compromised.

    Toyota says despite the larger-displacement engine, the front-wheel drive PHEV powertrain maintains the same level of fuel efficiency as the previous 1.8 litre, 122 PS (121 hp or 90 kW) setup. Detailed figures – like the claimed 50% increase in electric-only range (current is between 40-50 km) and charging times – aren’t available just yet, but the upshot of the higher output is a 0-100 km/h time of just 6.7 seconds (from 11.1 seconds).

    Other aspects of the PHEV powertrain include the My Room Mode feature that lets users enjoy air conditioning and audio systems from the external power source by turning the power switch on during charging.

    The other powertrains employ Toyota’s Series Parallel Hybrid System (HEV) and come in 2.0 and 1.8 litre versions. The former (also based on the M20A-FXS) delivers as much as 196 PS (193 hp), which is 1.6 times higher than the existing 1.8 litre model.

    On that mention, Toyota didn’t talk much about the 1.8 litre version of the hybrid powertrain, but reports indicate it will be the same setup as before with the 2ZR-FXE four-cylinder. Toyota’s E-Four system system will be offered for the regular hybrids for those who require all-wheel drive.

    It should be noted that hybrid and PHEV models share the same design, which wasn’t the case with the fourth-generation model. The latest Prius also comes with two 100-volt, 1.5 kW AC accessory power outlets – one at the back of the centre console and one in the cargo space – allowing users to plug in appliances or peripherals.

    Users can select the BEV external power supply mode, which uses power from the battery only without having to start the engine, or the HEV external power supply mode, which recharges the battery from the engine if the remaining power is too low.

    2023 Toyota Prius debuts – fifth-gen receives radical redesign, new 223 PS 2.0L PHEV, 196 PS 2.0L hybrid

    There’s also a dedicated attachment so that external power supply is possible with the door windows closed to prevent rain and insects from getting in the car when in use. Other power-related features include a solar charging system for PHEV models that generates power equivalent to driving up to 1,250 km per year, the carmaker claims.

    The new Prius also comes equipped with a Toyota Safety Sense monocular camera at the front, a rear-facing camera for the Digital Inner Mirror and an in-vehicle drive recorder, with data stored on the ECU to avoid data corruption.

    All grades get the suite as standard, with improvements to the range of detectable objects and inclusion of Toyota Teammate – Advanced Park that can also be operated remotely from outside the vehicle via a dedicated smartphone app. The HEV models will launch in winter this year, while the PHEVs models are set to go on sale in spring 2023.

     
     
 
 
 

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