The new Toyota Prius Plug-in is now available for ordering and prices start at £ 34,895. Revealed for the first time at the New York Motor Show last year, the new version of the Prius plug-in times offers significantly better efficiency, EV range and load than its predecessor.
With overall economy figures of 283mpg and 22g / km CO2 emissions, the new Prius plug-in is much more efficient and cleaner than both the previous model and the current standard Prius. The rivals are Volkswagen Golf GTE and e-tron Audi A3. According to official figures, the super-efficient Prius beat two of them with respect to costs.
This 22 g / km CO2 figure is important because it not only provides the Prius congestion rate in London, this means that you will not have to pay traffic tax (as long as your car has registered before new rules come in April 1). The Prius plug-in is eligible for government subsidy plug-in car of £ 2,500 and is likely to be popular among company car buyers through its 7% in-kind (BIK) contribution receipt.
According to Toyota, the new car can be driven for 30 miles on single electric power and can handle speeds up to 84 miles per hour in this mode, when the battery charge level has been improved by 65% so now one Full charge takes only two hours.
The 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery has twice the battery capacity in the previous Prius Plug-In and feeds an electric motor connected to a 1.8-liter gasoline engine. The maximum output of the hybrid system is 121bhp, resulting in a time of 11.1 seconds 0-62 mph.
Styling by drop, there have been some changes in the car during the standard Prius, with new headlights and a redesigned front bumper compared to the standard model. In the back of the car, there is a completely different light signature, while the main optical groups are completely different from standard cars. Both front and rear lights are all LED-, too.
The Prius plug-in was designed to be more aerodynamically efficient than the standard car, to help it glide through the air more easily, while other technologies such as a battery-powered heating system and injection air conditioning Gas while helping to use the engine as little as possible of the essence.
The larger battery under the rear seats has affected the practice of the car. At present there is a strict four seats, with the center console throughout the length of the interior and the trunk was reduced to 360 liters to 502 liters in the previous model.
The car is available in two levels of equipment, denominated Business Edition Plus and Excel. Business Edition Plus model has dual zone climate control, heated rear passengers\’ feet, LED headlamps, satellite navigator, Bluetooth, DAB radio and heated front seats.
The Excel model has extras like front wiper blades and rear parking sensors, improved stereo and leather upholstery.
In a world first, Toyota made the Prius Plug-in available with a sunroof option that can act as an additional source of energy. It captures the energy of the sun when the car is parked and uses it to charge the engine battery.
The Prius plug-in also comes with Toyota\’s “Sense of Safety” system, which features such features as pre-collision with pedestrian detection and stand-alone braking emergency. This allows the car to effectively prevent accidents at low speeds while also having an adaptive cruise control and assist from the standby track, which will automatically keep the vehicle in its lane off the road.
The new Prius Plug-in is now available for ordering, with the first deliveries scheduled for 1 March. Prices start at £ 34,895 for Business Edition Plus and £ 37,095 for Excel.