Toyota Prius has been completely redone for the 2016 year. However, the Japanese Automaker has once again decided to extend the lineup of hybrid cars with its 2018 Toyota Prius. The new Prius has already been presented earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show. And from what we have been able to see, it will bring some small but interesting changes.
Toyota Prius is one of the most famous hybrid vehicles in the world, so the Japanese Automaker continues to make it better each year. This time it brings an updated hybrid unit, refreshed exterior design and revised interior. As well, it should stay one of the most fuel efficient hybrid vehicles. Toyota Prius is a four-door compact hatchback and it is expected to be available as subcompact hatchback and a midsize wagon model. The main rivals of the 2018 Prius will be Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, Ford C-Max and Chevy Volt.
Powertrain and performance
When it comes to the engine of 2018 Toyota Prius, everything it still under question mark. The latest sources say that we could see the Mazda`s powertrain under its hood. It is a 1.5-liter diesel Skyactiv engine combined with Toyota`s Hybrid Sinergy Drive system.
However, we will most likely see the unit which powers the current model. It is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder which is able to make 95 horses. This engine will be paired to a 53-kilowatt electric motor. All together, they will be able to deliver 121 horsepower. The fuel economy is rated at 52 mpg combined. Moreover, it could also be available with a 1.5-liter petrol unit combined with an electric motor with the output of 74 Kw. As for the drivetrain, it will come with front-wheel drive configuration.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2018 Toyota Prius will ride on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) which underpins most of the Toyota`s vehicles. Speaking of the exterior design, the all-new Prius will look more handsome, attractive and will receive bolder lines. We can say that it is similar to the design of Nissan Juke. The front end is expected to be renewed and will get slightly aggressive appearance. We will notice larger fenders and new side skirts too. The headlamps will be equipped with LED technology as before. The rear end will feature a new bumper and sporty rear spoiler. The whole rear fascia will get so called “floating” design. Furthermore, Toyota will come with standard 15-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, 2018 Toyota Prius is not expected to receive some major enhancements. It has been already redone last year with better materials and more standard tech features. The new Prius will continue to provide comfortable cabin and quiet ride. The seats are covered with quality cloth. The dashboard will feature a 6.1-inch touchscreen display. Moreover, the interior will be equipped with plenty of tech features and gadgets as well. Some are: Satellite radio, keyless entry, a rearview camera, navigation, cruise control, Bluetooth etc. The safety will be on the highest level. The 2018 Prius will be loaded with traction control, lane departure warning, brake assist, stability control and so on.
Release date and price of 2018 Toyota Prius
The 2018 Toyota Prius is expected to hit the market in early 2018. When it comes to the price, we assume that it will be similar to the price of its predecessor. So, it should start at $26.000 and will go up to $30,000.