- The first images and bits of information about the 2023 Toyota Prius are here.
- This is the Japanese model, offering a reworked hybrid powertrain with 193 hp for the standard hybrid and 220 hp for the plug-in hybrid.
- Details on the US-spec 2023 Prius are coming tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Toyota has taken the lid off the new 2023 Prius as the first images and details about the Japan-spec car have arrived. Although it’s instantly recognizable as a Prius thanks to its teardrop shape, the lower stance, far slimmer side profile and interesting head and taillights take it into entirely new territory in terms of design.
The new fifth-gen Prius is also significantly more powerful than before, with Toyota claiming the reworked hybrid system produces 193 hp in standard form and 220 hp in the plug-in hybrid model. A 2.0-litre inline-four petrol engine replaces the old 1.8-litre unit. The US version may have slightly different specs, but it’s clear that there will be a lot more grunt on offer than the current model, which has a combined output of just 121 hp.
The single image of the interior shows a large horizontally-oriented touchscreen, a digital gauge cluster on a tablet-style display behind the steering wheel, and a row of buttons on the dashboard for the climate controls. The chunky steering wheel is similar to what’s in the bZ4X EV, and the switch on the center console looks similar to the joystick-style unit we’re familiar with from the old Prius.
Toyota will soon reveal more details about the US-spec Prius, so check back here on the evening of November 16 to learn all about this new generation of the hybrid hatchback.
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