After making its debut in November final yr, the 2023 Toyota Prius has gone on sale in Japan. Solely the hybrid variant is offered for now, with the plug-in hybrid model anticipated to be out there in March 2023.
There are eight totally different variants on sale in Japan – 4 trim ranges that are 1.8X, 1.8U, 2.0G and a pair of.0Z which have each entrance wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants every, making a complete of eight. Toyota expects to promote 4,300 items of the Prius a month.
The most cost effective 1.8X 2WD is priced at 2,750,000 yen which interprets to about RM92k at at present’s alternate charges. The costliest 2.0Z E-4 goes for 3,920,000 yen which is about RM130k.
Curiously the 1.8U 2WD and E-4 variants (which sit between the 1.8X and the two.0G) can’t be bought and can solely be completely supplied for subscription via the Kinto Limitless automobile subscription service. Aside from the unique 1.8U, the two.0G and a pair of.0Z can be out there on Kinto. In case you didn’t know, Kinto automobile subscription is offered in Malaysia as properly.
The 1.8 liter mannequin is essentially the most gasoline environment friendly, with mileage claims of as much as 32.6 km/L. As a comparability, the two.0 liter mannequin is rated at 28.6 km/L, however its plus level is a extra highly effective system output of 196 PS. Each the 1.8 and a pair of.0 Prius use a 4.08 Ah battery pack.
Toyota additionally says the Prius has a number of Toyota-first additions to the Toyota Security Sense system. First there’s rear automobile proximity notification, which makes use of the blind spot monitor’s rear millimeter wave radar to detect autos within the rear and alert the motive force if one is approaching.
If a automobile approaching from the rear is just too shut, this technique presents the motive force recommendations for coping with the difficulty, together with contacting the police or the HELPNET emergency name service. If the Prius is provided with the manufacturing facility dashcam choice, it is going to mechanically document the occasion with the video information saved in a devoted space that makes it troublesome to document over.
Lastly there’s secondary collision brake, which utilizing the Blind Spot Monitor’s rear millimeter-wave radar, detects autos within the rear and, if it determines a really excessive risk of a collision whereas the automobile is stopped, it applies the brakes to scale back pace if a rear collision happens.
Toyota has additionally launched a brand new picture gallery with the introduction of the Japanese Prius that includes proper hand drive inside photographs, so please take pleasure in them within the gallery beneath.