Toyota Prius gets a special edition for its 20th year

Updated Sep 15, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

That is one sharp-looking 20-year old.

The Toyota Prius hybrid marks two decades this year; to be more specific, it’s been 20 years since it was introduced to the U.S. market for the 2001 model year. Before that, however, the Prius debuted on Japanese roads in 1997.

The very first iteration of the hybrid had a more upright and conservative-looking sedan body style, and it wasn’t until 2004 that the trademark kammback shape appeared.

To date, 1.9 million Prius units have been sold to American households, and Toyota will celebrate 20 years of electrified mobility with the 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition.

The special-edition Prius gets the black trim treatment

Don’t be confused by the name, as it simply refers to the car being a 2021 model that honors 20 years since its arrival on American shores. This special variant will have a limited run of just 2,020 units.

The 2020 Edition uses the Prius XLE FWD as the base, to which Toyota adds generous amounts of black body accents. Blacked-out projector headlights pierce the darkness, and these are complemented by the side mirror caps, B-pillar, and badges rendered in black trim.

Even the 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels are the color of the night, although this makes them look a bit small inside the wheel arches. A rear spoiler matches the car’s body color, which will be available in either Supersonic Red or Wind Chill Pearl. 

Even the badges are rendered in black

Inside, the Toyota Prius 2021 continues the black motif on the shift knob as well as the trim on the A-pillar, accompanied by air-conditioning vents treated to a smoked finish.

A special ”2020 Edition” insignia adorns the floor mats, which match the key fob. The driver’s seat boasts eight-way power adjustment, while a heated steering wheel is standard as well. Qi wireless charging is on hand for compatible mobile devices.

The head unit will now offer Android Auto integration alongside Apple CarPlay

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As on the rest of the Prius range, the 2020 Edition will have Android Auto functionality, apart from the currently available Apple CarPlay.

More importantly, the new Prius gets the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 safety suite, which packs a serious array of driver-assistive features: pre-collision braking with low-light pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring, dynamic radar cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure alert, auto high beam, and road sign assist.

Toyota will launch the new Prius at the company’s 2020 New Product Showcase on May 18, one of 11 electrified models for the 2021 model year.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but the model will be available throughout different regions in the U.S. But wait, will keep you posted!

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<p>Toyota Motor Philippines brought one of the first hybrid hatchback in the country with the nameplate &ndash; Toyota Prius. This hybrid hatchback is globally known for being a safe, comfortable, and environment-friendly vehicle that possesses distinct design. It is easily recognizable by car enthusiasts and car buyers. The all-new 4th generation Toyota Prius is now wider, longer, and lower than its predecessor. It features a more futuristic and dynamic styling. The interior of this hybrid hatchback is dominated by white leather. The multi-information display mounted at the center of the dashboard accentuates the interior&rsquo;s white leather. The JBL touchscreen head unit provides entertainment for the car&#39;s occupant, and the automatic climate control takes care of comfort in the cabin. Toyota Prius is also equipped with Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Traction Control, Immobilizer, and seven SRS airbags &ndash; all come as a standard. Toyota Motor Philippines offers the Toyota Prius in 1.8L four-cylinder gasoline engine and Hybrid Synergy Drive electric motor engine. The engine is mated to an Electrically Controlled Variable Transmission (CVT) with ECO and Power Mode settings. According to the Japanese carmaker, the all-new 1.8L Toyota Prius hybrid can deliver an impressive 40 kilometers per liter.</p>

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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