Prius was Toyota’s “green vehicle” a decade ago and saw an increased sales in the American market owing to its high EPA. Soon, Nissan and Mitsubishi came out with their own hybrids and Toyota soon lost its dominance. However, the Japanese automaker looks to regain its lost fame with its new 2018 Toyota Prius.
2018 Toyota Prius Exterior Redesign
A massive improvement will be seen in 2018 Toyota Prius over its immediate predecessor in this section at least. As claimed by the automaker, Prius will be more aerodynamic this time out. Leaked images show that the car has dropped in height and is now sporting a sleeker look. Wheel arches have been made prominent, and its sides are shaped perfectly to enhance air flow.
Front fascia looks muscular with larger front bumpers. Headlights have been sharpened in design and are placed making a perfect angle with its wheels. Its rear end will continue to sport that drooping roofline along with vertically placed taillights.
Almost the entire dash region has been converted into infotainment as 2018 Toyota Prius comes with a massive 11.2-inch touch screen display. This will come with all the regulars combined with additional tools like charging station finder. Placement is where the automaker may have missed out a bit as a driver has to shift his gaze a bit from the road ahead to change controls, but without a doubt, it provides a futuristic look inside.
2018 Prius’ central console with come with a utility tray. Rear seats will be 60/40 split-able increasing the cargo hold space to suit the passenger’s needs. Fronts seats will be bucket type, and heating features will be available from Toyota as standard.
Powertrain of 2018 Toyota Prius
The current Toyota Prius comes with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC engine that is capable of delivering a power rating of 95 HP and a torque output of 105 lb-ft. However, with Toyota collaborating with Mazda to improve sales in the western market, expect few improvements in these figures. Toyota Prius 2018 is rumored to house Skyactiv-D 1.5-liter powertrain developed by Mazda. This diesel engine will be combined with an electric powertrain.
A permanent magnet synchronous motor is likely to be used. A power of 71 HP and torque of 120 lb-ft is also expected from this part alone. Combined with the fuel engine, Prius will develop almost up to 121 HP of power. Top speed will be around 125 mph, and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph will be under 10 seconds.
EPA is where Toyota wants to score in the automobile market. Previously, Prius Hybrid reached test ratings of almost 54 mpg. With this 2018 model, Toyota claims to have achieved similar numbers.
Expect the Japanese to install all its available technology into its Prius 2018. Apart from rain sensing wipers and automatic climate control, the car will also feature blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning and assist system and electronic braking system.
Toyota is likely to house a radar control and sensing technology in its new 2018 Toyota Prius for forward collision and pedestrian detection. This same sensor may also be used for parking control and assist system.
Price and Release Date
With a new powertrain and design, Prius 2018 is set to come with a price tag of around $28,000. Although no official date or report is available from Toyota, a few specifications can be made out from whatever is available.