Toyota has announced its 2021 Prius model for South Africa, which starts at R566,400.
The updated Prius will come with a 1.8-litre Hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor with Toyota’s 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine for a total system output of 90kW.
A dedicated EV-mode enables the vehicle to operate under full-electric power. The Prius is classified as a Full Hybrid (FHEV) and uses a self-charging powertrain to provide electric energy.
During deceleration or braking, regenerative energy is captured and stored in the battery. This allows the Prius to operate solely on either the petrol engine, the electric motor, or a combination of the two if required.
The petrol engine in turn is capable of directly charging the battery pack in the absence of regenerative braking. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via an integrated CVT transmission.
The group said that the Prius has been outfitted with some notable upgrades and enhancements to align with other premium Toyota models.
Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) has been adopted, bringing with it an array of safety aids in the form of:
- A Pre-Crash System (PCS),
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC),
- Automatic High Beam (AHB),
- Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Lane Trace Assist (LTA).
Toyota said that the adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitor functions can be reached quickly via dedicated steering switches – allowing the driver to activate/de-activate and adjust sensitivity levels.
The obligatory ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and VSC functions are included too.
Specifications and Technology
Toyota said that the interior features a touchscreen infotainment system has been updated to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while also benefitting from a higher-resolution display.
The core USB, Aux and Bluetooth functionality remains – while playing through a high-quality six-speaker setup.
Toyota Connect is fitted as standard – offering in-car Wi-Fi connectivity with a complimentary 15Gb of data – and telematics interface with the MyToyota app.
As before, eight exterior colours are on offer, while Pearl White has been replaced by the new Platinum White Pearl.
Additional standout features include:
- Heads-Up Display (HUD);
- Reverse Camera;
- High-definition Multi-Information Display;
- Seat heaters with electric lumbar support;
- Wireless cellphone charging;
- Dual-zone climate control;
- Rain-sensing wipers;
- An auto-dimming rear-view mirror.