March 08, 2023 11:40 am

With over 20 years of experience, the toyota prius It has become an icon of electrification and a symbol of the brand itself. However, because of Iintegration of its electrical system into the rest of Toyota’s hybrid cars It lost popularity until it was barely sold in the last year available in Spain.

However, the fifth generation raised expectations again. Nails lines which for the first time can be considered, unanimously, as pleasant and seductive and a new hybrid system, portend a Prius rebirth. It will start shipping in Japan on March 15th in two versions, hybrid and plug-in hybrid, although only the latter reaches Europe. Spain, according to those responsible for the brand in our country, is not among the markets where the Japanese manufacturer intends to market it.

Reaching out to dealerships in your home country lifts the veil on the efficiency data you can get. If Toyota still has a long way to go to convince in the field of electric cars, no one comes close when it comes to hybridization. The brand remained restrained with the first data it offered on the electric range of the plug-in hybrid version, 69 kilometers. It is a value that has increased by 50% compared to the previous generation, but it is not a value that could surprise in the current market.

The manufacturer demonstrates its know-how in hybridization, placing the Prius at the top of plug-in hybrids with greater electric range.

Finally, the manufacturer, a few days after the start of marketing, revealed the approved autonomy in the WLTP loop: 87 kilometers. Enough to move around a city daily without having to consume a single gram of fuel, recharge it at home, probably not every day, and travel with it (as if it were a conventional hybrid) using gasoline.

In addition, this autonomy is what it offers by mounting the large wheels of 19 inches. With the standard, smaller, 17-inch models, and probably the most sought-after, range increases to over one hundred kilometres, specifically up to 105. Compared to other plug-in hybrid models on the market, it comes very close to the number of mercedes c300e which homologates 111 km. The big difference is that the German model needs a battery with a capacity of 25.4 kWh (almost as much as an all-electric Dacia Spring), while the Prius does it with 12.6 kWh of useful capacity. A battery very similar in size to that of the new Peugeot 508 PHEV with which the French just reach 64 kilometers.

The only weakness of the Toyota Prius is that it limits the energy load to 3.5 kW, that is, the minimum that a linked outlet at home will offer. However, if your usual use is to spoil it at night to be able to travel by electric the next day, that’s enough, because with four hours connected to the network it already recovers its full capacity.