The first name that comes to mind when we hear the phrase “hybrid” and are asked to name any benchmark models is “THE PRIUS,” a Latin word that means “to go before.” When the first generation Toyota Prius debuted in Japan in December 1997, it was the first hybrid vehicle to be mass-marketed around the globe.
Since then, it has become the hybrid vehicle that sells the most all over the world, so it is fair to say that the Prius was the first hybrid vehicle. By the way, as an interesting bit of automotive history, the first Prius prototype took Toyota engineers 49 days to move; today, there are millions of Prius on the road.
The 4th /XW50 generation of Prius, which debuted in 2014 and had a facelift in 2020, is the current model. It was about time for the fifth-generation Prius, about which we had intermittently heard rumors. Additionally, a prototype Prius was reportedly spotted in camouflage a few months ago in Japan. However, Toyota Japan posted some teaser photographs with the caption “HYBRID REBORN” around a week ago, and the formal announcements will be made on November 16.
Exterior of New Toyota Prius
Following a week of teaser marketing on various social media channels, Toyota unveiled the next 5th generation and an entirely new Prius simultaneously for the Japanese domestic market and Europe, with North America coming soon.
Before we discuss the new vehicle, I’m sure you’ll agree that the exterior of the Prius has long been a contentious subject for every version we’ve seen, and there have been countless memes and jokes about its appearance.
As a result of the new model’s global attention and praise for its ground-breaking external design, it appears that sentiment will now shift somewhat in favor of the Prius. When compared to the previous model, the design parameters appear to be more progressive. You might notice some reflections in the front and back of the nearby Prius if you recall the newly released 16th generation of the Toyota Crown.
Interior of New Toyota Prius
The interior also receives a general redesign and has a more expensive and elegant appearance, similar to the outside. The three zones of the new interior design concept, referred to by Toyota as “surroundings, driver module, and floating instrument panel,” are called “island architecture.”
“Overall, a cabin with high-quality materials that is more driver-focused. The digital 7-inch instrument panel is now directly in front of the driver for the first time in Prius history. A 12.3-inch high-resolution HD infotainment screen with slim air vents with digital controls can be seen in the center of the dashboard and is clearly completely compatible with your smartphone.
The Plug-in Hybrid version of the Prius’s interior room will be improved thanks to the longer wheelbase, and its cargo space will be expanded due to the battery pack’s new location under the back seats.
Overall, we can state that the new generation’s appearance is superior, more classy, and more appealing than the previous generation and that it is one of the best-looking interiors for any of the current Toyota model lineups.
Solar Cells in 5th Gen Toyota Prius
In addition, the Prius is available with roof-mounted solar cells that can provide enough power annually to power a vehicle for 1250 kilometers of driving. Of course, these figures are averages because there are many potential circumstances that could affect its efficiency. In addition to supplying electricity to the battery pack and other electrical components, solar cells also aid in battery recharging.
With the addition of two 100 VAC/1,500 W power outlets and the use of the Battery Electric external supply mode, the Prius Plugin can now power small electrical appliances and illumination in your home during power outages or outdoor picnics. The battery system’s 13.6 kWh is used in this mode.
In the event that the battery runs out, you can convert to the Hybrid Electric External Power Supply mode, which allows the engine to continue operating in its best, most fuel-efficient mode while charging the battery, ultimately contributing to the generation of AC power for your appliances. The rear door window pan has a specific connection that helps pass the electrical cord for outdoor usage while keeping the rain and dust out.
Pricing & Availability New Toyota Prius
The price for Japan or Europe has not yet been disclosed by Toyota Global, but it will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2023. It is important to note that the 2.0L plugin version will be the only one available in European markets.
However, considering that the new model is now much more attractive and appears to be more fuel efficient, we will see a ton of new Prius in Europe, Japan, and North America, and massive sales are predicted.
Prius is a well-known and popular model that is imported from Japan. I doubt the new Prius will arrive in Pakistan anytime soon because of strict import regulations and high exchange rates.
We are aware that Toyota Indus is making significant investments in the domestic hybrid vehicle portfolio and that a hybrid Corolla Cross could debut sometime in 2019. Although Prius is produced at certain Toyota factories across the world, we hope Indus will do research on a CKD Prius. However, given the current status of the local economy, we can only hope and wish at this moment.