It’s barely been a day since Toyota pulled the veils off the fifth-generation Prius, but Toyota’s two in-house tuners, Modellista and Gazoo Racing, certainly aren’t wasting any time at giving the all-new hybrid model a makeover, as if it really needed one.
For customers who like the more outrageous Modellista designs, you’ll have two distinct flavours to choose from: Neo Advance Style or Elegant Ice Style. The Neo Advance is the sillier of the two, with additional blue and white lighting elements embedded into the front bumper, alongside the extravagant bumper extension and side skirts.
Elegant Ice, meanwhile, is the more subdued of the two, thanks to the (relatively) cleaner lines on the bumper extensions and side skirts. It’s still unmistakably Modellista, though, as it rides on the same chrome-laden wheels as the Neo Advance, which some will definitely find its design too busy.
In contrast, the Toyota GR Parts kit for the Prius looks like a masterclass in restraint, as the kit only adds a small front bumper lip, a ducktail spoiler, and what looks like bigger wheels with a slightly different design to the stock car. On a car that already looks this distinctive, these simple, tasteful touches already go a long way.
The body kit is also probably all that Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division will be offering for the all-new Prius; we’re not expecting a true performance version here as the model is, and has always been, all about efficiency.
That being said, performance on the fifth-generation Toyota Prius is already not too shabby. Underneath the sleek-looking body panels is a set of new hybrid powertrains, which on the most powerful 2.0-litre PHEV version, makes a total of 223 hp. On the Prius, that translates to a 0-100 km/h time of only 6.7 seconds, which certainly isn’t slow.