Introduced in 1997, the Toyota Prius is the first word in cutting-edge hybrid technology — and a new Plug-In Hybrid version is here to build even further on a remarkable reputation.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid takes the strengths of Toyota’s advanced hybrid technology and combines it with the benefits of extended EV driving. As much as 34 miles of emissions-free driving is possible on a single charge — ideal for an urban commute — while its petrol engine remains on hand for when more range is required.
Maximum efficiency may be the core of the design of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, but distinctive design details give it an emotional character of its own.
Its incredible sleek silhouette lends well to reducing drag for improved efficiency and acceleration, while a sharp headlight design and impactful grille gives it real presence on the road. At the back, a distinctive tailight signature brings flair to the table while bright colours like Scarlet Flare and Spirited Aqua really set off the Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s angular details.
The cabin of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is just as innovative as its powertrain and exterior — thanks to a clean, intuitive cockpit that places the driver firmly at the centre of the experience. A centrally-located floating instrument cluster integrates seamlessly into the swooping lines of the dashboard, offering the driver easy at-a-glance information.
Four occupants can be seated in supreme comfort thanks to impressive levels of space and seats that are designed to relax the driver and all passengers. A 359 litre boot capacity makes this a practical machine, too.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid takes an innovative 1.8-litre petrol engine and mates it to a dual motor drive system that’s optimised for efficiency. Its 8.8kW battery allows for up to 34 miles of electric-only driving, while both the engine and motor can combine for a remarkable fuel consumption of up to 217mpg, with CO2 weighing in at 29g/km at its lowest level.
Charging the battery takes as little as 3 hours when using a domestic plug socket, Alternatively, installing a dedicated wallbox at home can see that drop to 2 hours.
With clever engineering and a plethora of technology on board, it’s no surprise to learn that the Prius Plug-in Hybrid achieved an incredible five star rating when scrutinised by independent safety board Euro NCAP.
Appealing equipment on-board the car includes the Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system, bringing satellite navigation, music control, weather information and more to a handy eight-inch touchscreen display. A head-up display features to bring key information directly to the driver’s eyeline, while a wireless phone charger makes for easy smartphone charging with compatible devices.