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Pioneer Prius hybrid pimped: Sharper body, two chargers

  • Restyled front and tail lengthens ‘dynamic design’
  • New Bi-LED headlights and diode storm lights
  • Wireless charger added on centre console
  • Exterior design tweaks create supersmart car
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota has refreshed its pioneering Prius hybrid car with, its maker says, ”a new sense of style and a simplified design with cleaner and more engaging lines”.

And indeed, the first hybrid to reach South Africa has five-door hatch features, new nose and tail treatment as well as sharper, sleeker, headlights and rear combination lights.

Frankly, it’s darn good-looking…

”The cabin,” Toyota says, ”has been cheered with design tweaks to improve ergonomics and changes to its trim – but still upholstered with black leather.”

2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA

The shell has restyled front/rear bumpers  – in fact the nose is really handsome – that , Toyota says, ”give it a more dynamic flowing appearance enhanced by the car’s slightly longer (+35mm) overall length.

COMBINATION LIGHTS

New slimline headlights with bi-beam diodes and a revised lower intake,the automaker says, ”accentuate the sharper, sleeker aesthetic and a change to the diode foul-weather lights unify the front-light signature”.

New combination diode tail lights copy the shape of the headlights by introducing a more horizontal look ”to emphasise the car’s width and low centre-of-gravity”. The updated model will available in two new exterior metallic paint finishes – red or blue.

BOLD SIDEHEAD

The Prius uses 15” aluminium wheel rims with a fresh 10-spoked aerodynamic silver cover and shod with eco-boosting Michelin 195/65 tyres.

2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA

A redesign of the centre console (two cupholders, folks!), seat heating switches and a wireless phone charger have, Toyota says, ”further improved interior style and ergonomics”. The previously white console is now finished in polished black.

TWO GENERATORS

The current generation of this Prius model was launched in early 2016 – the first model in the Toyota range to have Toyota’s New Generation Architecture platform now associated with agile and responsive driving dynamics and ride comfort.

Base power comes from the latest petrol-electric hybrid drive train that employs a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with two generators to, Toyota says, ”provide the optimum balance of performance and fuel efficiency, depending on driving behaviour and road conditions”.

Total system output is quoted as 100kW. Fuel consumption for the combined cycle is rated as 3.7 litres/100km with CO2 emissions listed as 87g/km – complying with Euro 6 emissions specification.

2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA

The standard specification remains claims to be high with these convenience features: smart entry, auto aircon, cruise control, reversing camera, information display on the windscreen, automatic screen wipers, six-speaker touchscreen audio and self-dimming rearview mirror.

2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA

Crash protection gear includes seven crash-bags,  stability control with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake control and assistance,  traction control, and IsoFix child-seat anchors.

MAINTENANCE AND WARRANTY

Six services through a 90 000km plan are included with intervals pegged at 15 000 km. General vehicle warranty is three years or 100 000km with a propulsion battery warranty good for eight years or 195 000km.

PRICE: Toyota Prius 1.8 – R486 000.

2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA
2019 TOYOTA PRIUS: Image: Toyota SA

 

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