One of the oldest hybrid models of Toyota, Prius has been a successful player for the company and is now all set for its next innings in the Philippines as well. The updated Prius has made its entry in most of the markets and will replace the existing version in our country soon. Like any other sedan, the updated Toyota Prius is 2.3-inch longer, 0.6-inch lower and wider than the existing version. The LED headlights and rear lights are distinctive and more appealing and the hoodline dip is markedly lower.
The new Prius is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which is evolved with more high-strength steel and provides 60 percent greater torsional rigidity. This platform has not only resulted in the improved strength of the car but also leads to improved handling. Considering the interior of the Prius, it is likely to get the same theme as seen in the other markets with a refreshed center console, and better insulation to cut the unwanted noise from outside. The instrument cluster is now a full TFT color screen which has been now shifted to center of the dashboard. There is also a significant improvement in the shoulder, head and leg space due to the improved dimensions of the car.
There are also more conventional trays and cup holders with a lot of extra space in the front cabin. Even the boot space is improved to a great extend and measures 778 litres which is an ample amount to pack your month-long holidays. Under the hood configuration is expected to be same as that is offered in the other markets, which include a 1.8-litre inline-4 engine coupled with either a 0.75 kWh lithium-ion or 1.32 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The total power output stands at 121 hp and peak torque measures 142 Nm. The fuel efficiency is also improved in an impressive manner and now counts to around 40 kmpl which was 20-22 kmpl in the previous model.
As hybrid vehicles are the need of the hour, the upcoming innings of Toyota Prius is expected to get a better response from the customers. Let’s see how the new model will perform in the Philippines with refreshed styling and improved engine configuration. The updated Toyota Prius is expected to be launched in the country by end of this year. The prices are not revealed yet but, it is expected to be on a higher side.