All-new hybrid system, the world’s most thermally efficient petrol engine, the first application of a TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture ) platform and a ground-breaking aerodynamic design all contribute to reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
-Prius achieves its greatest improvements in efficiency yet, with CO2 emissions from 70g/km and combined fuel economy from 3.0 l/100KM (93.8MPG )
-Nought to 100km/h acceleration in 10.6 seconds. Highway overtaking acceleration from 80 to 120km/h accomplished in 8.3 seconds
-New Prius’ dynamic performance creates a more involving driving experience
Successive versions of the Toyota Prius have made significant advances in emissions performance and fuel economy, but none more so than the all-new fourth generation model. Carbon dioxide emissions are set to reach a new low of just 70g/km, with average fuel economy from 3.0 l/100km (depending on market and subject to final homologation ).
These figures mark the greatest improvement yet from one model generation to the next since the introduction of the original Prius in 1997. At the same time, true to Toyota’s commitment to building ever better cars, new Prius benefits from greatly enhanced dynamic qualities in terms of handling, responsiveness and driver involvement.
Better real-world performance
The new Prius accelerates from nought to 100km/h in 10.6 seconds. Highway overtaking acceleration from 80 to 120km/h can be accomplished in just 8.3 seconds and the top speed is 180 km/h. The new hybrid system’s output is 122 DIN hp/90kW, and the drivetrain now delivers its power in a more user-friendly manner. The new PCU (Power Control Unit ) allows the system to draw more on its electric power, which means that acceleration feels more natural with the engine-revs building up gradually as the car picks up speed.
Day to day usability also improves significantly. This fourth generation Prius is the first that is able to pull a trailer, thanks to its 725 kg towing capacity (un-braked ).
Improved vehicle dynamics
The focus on better efficiency has been matched by Toyota’s commitment to achieving better dynamic performance, making new Prius a more rewarding car to drive. Central to this mission is its use of the first TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture ) -based platform, called the GA-C platform, which has allowed for a much (-2.5 cm ) lower vehicle centre of gravity – a fundamental element in securing better handling.
The benefit of this is supported by a much more rigid bodyshell – a 60% improvement on the current model. This has been achieved using new welding and construction techniques and strategic use of strong but lightweight, high-tensile strength steel.
A new double wishbone rear suspension contributes to better handling and stability, together with increased comfort for passengers. It is tuned to harness the improved performance by reducing body roll and maintaining straight-line stability, so the car is equally adept at handling winding roads or highway cruising.
These qualities combine with improved feedback and responsiveness from the throttle, steering and brakes to significantly raise Prius’ dynamic performance and create a more fun-to-drive character. The new Prius will be available in Tony Burke Motors this February, Phone 091 480123, Email: [email protected]