Toyota Details New Prius Plug-In Hybrid For European Customers [100 Pics]

The new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid arrives in Europe and the company released the full details on its latest eco-friendly model.

Instead of retaining the characteristic and rather divisive looks of the ‘normal’ Prius, the Japanese company opted for a different design which gives the Prius PHEV a character of its own.

There’s no denying that the new addition in the Prius family will be a head turner but whether that’s good or not comes down to personal preferences. We must notice though that the new styling gives the Prius PHEV a very slippery drag coefficient of 0.25.

The numbers accompanying the new model continue to impress with some frankly ridiculous claims on the fuel economy and emissions department, with the company saying that the Prius PHEV returns a combined 1.0lt/100km (282mpg UK) and just 22g/km of CO2 emissions, according to the NEDC cycle.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain is backed up by a 8.8kWh battery pack, which can be fully charged in just over 3 hours from a standard household socket or in 2 hours using a fast charger. The 1.8-litre petrol engine combined with the electric motor continue to offer 120hp, enabling the Prius Plug-In Hybrid to achieve a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 11.1 and reach a top speed of 162km/h (100mph). All-electric range is over 50km (31 miles), while the top speed in EV mode is limited to 135km/h (84mph).

There are four powertrain modes to choose from: HV Mode, EV Mode, EV City and a new Battery Charge mode. Additionally, the new Toyota Prius PHEV also gets three driving modes: Normal, Power and Eco.

Toyota has also made some model-specific changes to the suspension from the regular Prius, with the springs and dampers optimized for better ride quality and stability, plus a bigger by 13 percent front stabilizer for less roll and greater handling.

The roof host a solar panel which generates electricity to charge the battery pack and helps increase the daily driving range of the Prius PHEV by up to 5km (3 miles). Also the tailgate is made out of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) -a first for a mass production vehicle, according to Toyota- to reduce weight.

The company also increased the amount of sound deadening in the Prius PHEV to further reduce the NVH levels, by installing an acoustic front glass, urethane fender separators and bonnet side seals to suppress the engine noise out of the cabin.

Unlike the tablet-like 11.6inch infotainment system that equips cars destined for the US and Japan, European customers will only get the option of an eight-inch option with updated graphics, along with dual 4.2-inch screens in front of the driver.

Other features include wireless charging, a colored head-up display, a new Simple Intelligent Parking Assist (S-IPA) system, and an enhanced Toyota Safety Sense system which now comes with Pre-Collision Safety with pedestrian recognition and a Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control.

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  • EXTERIOR IS STILL UGLY AND THE INTERIOR DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A PLEASANT PLACE TO BE.

  • Akira

    At least they made the front better but I don’t think anything can save the rear.

    • Liam Paul

      no now it looks like a roach

  • Evo45

    Just a car for me, which I won’t see anywhere in my country at least three years.

  • Finkployd

    All that weird ass design for a drag coefficient of 0,25 when the 2017 5-series gets 0,22 … 🙄

    • ediotsavant

      The BMW is a bigger car and easier to manage air flow.

      • Finkployd

        Merc b-class does 0,26

    • Marty

      Yes, and the Tesla 3 has 0,21. It’s just ten centimeters longer.
      The horrid look of Prius is all about styling, not design to decrease drag. There are a lot of cars that don’t look like shit but have a low drag coefficient.

      Of course it’s all about taste, but I think that the time of strange looking electrical cars is passed. We just want normal cars with electric engines. The choice of engine should not affect the looks of the car.

  • Zed68

    Guys… why does it have to be ugly ??? WHYYYY ?

  • ediotsavant

    Toyota if you are reading this article, please, please, please adapt the front of this hybrid to thes tandard Prius!!!!

  • Liam Paul

    That new front bumper makes this look like a Roach to me

  • petey53

    Solar roof, cool. We don’t get that in North America.

  • Staff Scan

    Toyota/Lexus was dull 15 years ago. Now, it’s over-designed, Bud-Wipe and vulgar. I love Toyota for it’s reliability. They should fired the designer team and hire cool guys from Europe instead.

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