Toyota Motor Philippines brought one of the first hybrid hatchback in the country with the nameplate – 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’s white leather. The JBL touchscreen head unit provides entertainment for the car'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 – 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.
Since day one, the Toyota Prius has been a pacesetter. It started as a casual concept vehicle, and it became the very first mass-market gasoline-electric hybrid car in the world when it was introduced in 1997.
The Toyota Prius has been going strong since then. The all-new Toyota Prius is in its 4th generation guise. It is currently one of the largest selling vehicles in the world. Presently, the Toyota Prius is being sold in almost 90 countries, the Philippines included.
Toyota Motor Philippines offers the Toyota Prius in a single standard but a fully-loaded variant with only one powertrain option. It is available in five colors– White Pearl, Dark Blue Mica Metallic, Emotional Red, Super White, and Silver Metallic.
The Toyota Prius is sporty looking and environmentally friendly
The overall styling of the Toyota Prius is very extroverted. Other car enthusiasts may praise this hybrid hatchback of its radical approach featuring futuristic design cues. The Prius has several design angles, which makes it too much for someone who wants it simple. Nevertheless, it is the very design that makes the Prius distinct and stands out among other vehicles.
The Toyota Prius does not get a grille. Instead, it got a sleek front air dam with a Toyota logo in blue, which depicts that the car is a hybrid. It features sharp and angular headlamps with kinks at the upper and lower corner. The fog lamps are vertical triangular with triangular housing.
The sloping down roofline gives out a coupe-like appeal. The rear end of Toyota Prius features vertical LED tail lamps. The boot lid is placed lower, and the design comes with a simple flair.
Inside the Toyota Prius features a futuristic cabin. The black and white hues in the interior contributed to the car-from-the-future look of the hybrid hatchback. The dashboard is distinctly designed with a three-spoke steering wheel. The dashboard's center top got an entirely digital instrument console. The air-con vents are surrounded by blue to show its hybrid nature. The dashboard's dual-tone creates a premium look. The center console is vertically designed with a touch screen mounted at the center for navigation and media features.
The cabin of the Toyota Prius has ample space to accommodate four people. But the rear seats may feel a bit cramped – which makes it more suited for kids only.
Technology & Safety Features
The Toyota Prius got a touchscreen for navigation and media features. The climate control comes with toggle-like switches. Below it is a tiny knob-like lever. The hybrid hatchback is also equipped with other essentials such as push-button start, keyless entry, reverse camera, cruise control, outside rearview mirrors, and front driver's seat that can be adjusted electrically.
Safety is not compromised in this premium Toyota hybrid vehicle. It got a lengthy list of safety features including front, curtain, side, knee, and curtain airbags, anti-lock brake system and EBD, brake assist, Hill Descent Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, ISOFIX mounts, tire pressure monitoring system, heads-up display, and Vehicle Stability Control.
Platform & Chassis
The Toyota Prius is a mid-size five-door liftback hybrid vehicle that rides on Toyota New Global Architecture. This hybrid vehicle from Toyota comes with a length of 4,540 mm, width of 1,760 mm and wheelbase of 2,700 mm. The curb weight of the Toyota Prius is 1370 kg.
The Prius gets a MacPherson strut front suspension and the torsion beam at the rear setup. The tubeless tire is wrapped with 15-inch-wheels that are fit to absorb all waviness with perfection.
Engine & Drivetrain
Toyota Prius' powertrain configurations have always been its highlight point. Toyota Motor Philippines offers the Toyota Prius with only one engine option, which is the 1.8Lr Hybrid Synergy Drive, Variable Valve Timing - Intelligent, 4 Cylinder in-Line DOHC, 16 Valve. The engine is capable of producing a power output of 72 horsepower and 142 Newton-meter of torque. The 1.8L gasoline engine is mated to an Electrically Controlled Variable Transmission (CVT) with EV and Eco modes for smooth power delivery.