The Toyota Prius is no stranger to the automobile market especially on the global stage where celebrities have made it an icon. Now in its 4 th – generation it continues to stand out from the crowd. Going into 2021 the Prius has been outfitted with some notable upgrades and enhancements aligning it with other premium models in the Toyota stable.
Keeping Safety top of mind Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) has been added bringing with it an array of safety aide including Pre-Crash System (PCS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Trace Assist (LTA). The standard ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and VSC functions are also included. Inside the touchscreen infotainment system has been updated to include Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto while also benefiting from higher-resolution display. Connect is fitted as standard offering in-car Wi-Fi connectivity with a complimentary 15Gb of data and telematics interface with the MyToyota app.
Outside eight exterior colours remain with the Pearl White being replaced by the new more luxurious Platinum White Pearl. (Black leather interior also provides luxury and practicality).
Some other spec features which stand out are.
a) Heads-up Display
b) Reverse Camera (High-Definition)
c) Multi-Information Display
d) Seat Heaters with electric lumbar support
e) Wireless Cellphone charging
f) Rain Sensing Wipers
g) Auto-Dimming rear view mirror
h) Smart Entry
The Prius is powered by the proven 1.8-litre Hybrid powertrain continuing unaltered combining electric motor with Toyota’s 4-Cylinder Atkinson cycle 2ZR- FXE engine for a total output of 90 kW. A dedicated EV-mode enables the vehicle to operate under full-electric power.
As the Prius is classified a Full-Hybrid and uses a self-charging powertrain to provide electric energy during deceleration or braking, regenerative energy is captured and stored in the battery. As such the Prius can operate solely on either the petrol engine, the electric motor, or a combination of both. The petrol engine can also charge the battery pack in the absence of regenerative braking, in standstill traffic for example.
Model available and Retail Price.
Prius 1.8 R566 400
12 month/15 000km service interval. Three year/100 000km warranty.
Hybrid Battery Warranty of Eight years/195 000km