TORONTO, Ontario (November 16th, 2022) – When the Prius Plug-In concept model was first revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2009, few could have seen the important role it would play in the future of mobility. It offered customers a versatile solution with its pure EV or hybrid modes, impeccable fuel consumption, and all the tech people expected from a Prius – making it a perfect addition to the third-generation Prius lineup. Fast forward to now, and the automaker is ushering in a new era of the Prius legacy—with the reveal of the 2023 Prius Prime at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Now in its tenth year of production, this plug-in hybrid model has continued to offer customers the flexibility of getting around town on zero emission battery power or hybrid mode for fuel efficient road tripping. And now, this plug-in offers a thrilling experience in its own right – by bringing even more performance and technology to an already incredible package. With a larger lithium-ion battery that increases its EV range by more than 50% over the previous range of 40 km. With over 20 million hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold globally, the all-new Prius Prime brings a flexible player to Toyota’s ever-growing team of electrified vehicles.
As part of Toyota’s diverse approach to carbon neutrality, the Prius Prime is part of lineup that looks to move “beyond zero”. With ten hybrids, two plug-in hybrids, the new bZ4X battery electric vehicle, and zero emission hydrogen fuel cell technology Mirai, Toyota is committed to finding highly efficient and zero emission solutions that fit customers lifestyles across North America. As a symbol of that commitment, the 2023 Prius will be the first Toyota vehicle to wear a new “Beyond Zero” badge, a global effort to achieve carbon neutrality in our products, manufacturing, and beyond.
Sporty with an Eye on Efficiency
A focus for Prius Prime is to allow it to have a similar ethos to the new Prius hybrid model, but with a little something extra – more performance, technology, safety and even a little attitude. Overall, the goal is to build a vehicle that not only meets the practical needs of today’s customers, but also one that appeals to their emotions and that starts with a new sport grade lineup.
Available in SE, XSE and XSE premium grades, the 2023 Prius Prime is built on the second-generation TNGA-C platform, offering a low centre of gravity with reduced weight and increased rigidity compared to the previous generation. The result? A wider stance and a lower driving position that feels sporty, yet comfortable.
Compared to the previous generation Prius Prime, it’s 50 mm lower, 20 mm wider, 25 mm longer, and with a hip point that’s 30 mm lower. The placement of the traction battery placement is also optimized, with placement under the rear seat for a low centre of gravity and enhanced luggage capacity.
Poised for Performance
When it comes to performance, Prius Prime is purpose-built – with a plug-in hybrid system designed to enhance both fuel consumption and driving performance, when compared to the outgoing model. The acceleration feel and vehicle speed controllability have also been enhanced, providing a driving feel and accelerator response unique to electric vehicles.
Under the hood is the 5th generation hybrid powertrain coupled with a 2.0L engine and a newly developed lithium-ion battery, located underneath the rear seat. The result is a zero-emission electric range increase of over 50 percent, a nearly 100 hp increase to 220 hp, and a 0-100 km/h time of 6.8 seconds.
Making the Grade
The all-new 2023 Toyota Prius Prime takes standard and available features to a whole new level. Whether one chooses SE, XSE or the XSE Premium grade – in Wind Chill Pearl, Cutting Edge, Guardian Gray, Black, or Supersonic Red – Prius Prime drivers will be ready to look to the road ahead.
XSE Premium grade
Tech at the Ready
The all-new 2023 Toyota Prius Prime is equipped with the tools to make life more convenient – thanks to the standard Toyota Multimedia system with an available 12.3” display. Prius Prime drivers will also have the opportunity to access a wide range of enhanced connectivity and convenience features, including Over-the-Air (OTA) updates.
Users can interact with the system through intuitive touch and voice activation controls. With the available Drive Connect, drivers and passengers have access to Intelligent Assistant, Cloud Navigation and Destination Assist. With Intelligent Assistant, simple phrases like “Hey Toyota” awaken the system for natural voice commands to search for directions, find Points of Interest (POI) and more; while the standard Toyota Assistant allows you to control vehicle features like audio controls, cabin temperature and more. Cloud Navigation, the available onboard navigation solution, utilizes the cloud to download the latest available map, traffic and routing information. To ensure users have the most up-to-date search capabilities, POI data is provided by Google. Destination Assist also gives access to 24/7 live agent assistance to locate the next destination.
The new Toyota Multimedia allows for dual Bluetooth® phone connectivity, with support for standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.
For those looking for an enhanced audio experience, the Prius Prime offers a JBL® Premium Audio system with eight speakers creating a mobile concert from any music genre. Standard on the XSE Premium grade only, with the use of Clari-Fi® technology, the system is also able to breathe life into compressed digital music formats enhancing the audio experience.
With the Toyota app, users can stay connected to their Prius Prime with a standard 3-year trial of Remote Connect which allows to remotely lock/unlock the doors, start/stop the vehicle, check vehicle status and set Guest Driver Alerts. Digital key, standard on the XSE Premium grade, allows you to use your smartphone in place of the key fob.
Each Prius Prime model also comes with a complimentary up to 10-year trial* for Safety Connect and Service Connect. Safety Connect includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), 24/7 Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification and Stolen Vehicle Locator. Service Connect gives drivers the ability to receive Vehicle Health Reports and Warning Light Notifications.
Ready to handle all your device charging needs, the Prius Prime is equipped with six USB ports in the cabin. Up front, two Type-C USB ports at the bottom of the centre stack plus two more Type-C USB ports in the centre console. For second-row passengers, two Type-C USB ports are located at the bottom rear of the centre console.
Convenience features are aplenty for Prius Prime, too. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard on all grades. Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking (PA w/AB) is standard on XSE and XSE Premium. A Panoramic View Monitor is available on XSE Premium and provides a live rotating 360-degree view around the vehicle. Advanced Park is available on XSE Premium, a hands-free system designed to assist you with parallel parking or backing into a parking space.
For 2023, Prius Prime will come standard with the latest Toyota Safety Sense generation, TSS 3.0. This suite of active safety systems includes the existing feature set available on the prior generation Prius but includes some additional enhancements and capabilities.
This suite of safety features includes:
The Toyota Safety Sense feature from the prior generation Prius Prime has been enhanced for TSS 3.0:
Prius Prime – Upgraded Convenience
Prius Prime will also come standard with some additional features made possible by the equipped front corner radar sensors and a driver monitor camera. These available features include Lane Change Assist, Front Cross Traffic Alert, Advanced Park, and an all-new feature to the Toyota line-up, Traffic Jam Assist.
Lane Change Assist works in collaboration with Lane Tracing Assist, meaning it also only operates when DRCC is activated. When a driver partially engages the turn signal, the system sensors monitor to confirm there are no vehicles in the path of the lane change, and then provides steering support into the new lane with the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.
Front Cross Traffic Alert uses the front corner radar sensors to detect vehicles approaching from the side in situations such as when stopped at an intersection. Arrows are displayed to warn the driver, and if the driver attempts to proceed when there’s cross traffic, the vehicle provides an audible alert and warning on the MID.
Advanced Park executes the necessary steering and brake controls to navigate the vehicle into a selected parking space. Advanced Park is capable of parallel parking, backing into a perpendicular parking space, and can assist in exiting a parking space, all hands-free under the driver’s supervision.
Traffic Jam Assist is a first to Toyota and Prius Prime and can help take some of the stress out of the low-speed, stop-and-go driving in a traffic jam. When driving on a highway with DRCC and LTA activated, if the system sensors detect traffic is slowing, and if operating conditions are met, this system will assist by providing acceleration, braking, and hands-free steering control under active supervision of the driver. This system is designed to operate only under speeds of approximately 40 km per hour, and the driver monitor camera must confirm the driver has their eyes on the road to allow for hands-free operation. If operating conditions are no longer met, or if the speed of traffic increases beyond 40 km per hour, the system will prompt the driver to take control of the vehicle.
Price and on sale date of the exciting, all-new Prius Prime will be announced in the first half of 2023.
*Services are dependent upon connection to a compatible wireless network, provided by a third-party wireless service provider. Toyota is not responsible for cellular network discontinuance and will not provide compensation for reduced service availability.
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