Officially launched early this year, a new variant of the fifth-generation Toyota Prius has been introduced in Japan; featuring a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. Prices start from 4.6 million yen (approx RM151k), making the Prius PHEV (in the sole Z variant in Japan) the most expensive Prius variant.
The new front-wheel drive only PHEV variant produces a combined system output of 223 hp. As a result, the Prius PHEV 0-100 km/h run takes just 6.7 seconds! This is the combination of its M20A-FXS 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine with 151 hp and 188 Nm, paired with a more powerful electric motor with 163 hp and 208 Nm.
The engine and electric motor pairing is mated to an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT). The Prius PHEV is fitted with a 13.6 kWh battery; offering up to 87 km of pure electric range when fitted with 19-inch wheels or up to 105 km with 17-inch wheels.
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According to Toyota, fuel efficiency in the Prius with 19-inch wheels is rated at 26 km/L (3.8L/100km). With 17-inch wheels fitted, the number improves to 30.1 km/L (3.3L/100km). With 3.2 kW of AC charging, Toyota claims it’ll take 4.5 hours to fully charge the Prius’ battery.
The Prius PHEV can also serve as an external power source with up to 1,500 watts to power accessories. Toyota says with a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, the Prius PHEV’s powertrain can provide electricity supply for about five days.
Its solar charging system on the roof not only charges the car when parked but also powers the car’s systems and electronics when driving to reduce battery consumption. Toyota claims the solar charging system can provide enough power to drive up to 1,250 km per year.
To recap, the Prius is available in either 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre versions and both are paired with electric motors. The 1.8 model produces 140 hp whether you opt for the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive model, while the 2.0 model produces 196 hp in the front-wheel drive model and 199 hp in the all-wheel drive model. More info about those two here.
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