Toyota has not forgotten the car that started it all, Prius. The hybridization of the Toyota lineup is due to the wild success of this little fuel sipper. Now in the 4th generation, the people are asking, will there be more? The answer is yes.
Toyota To Debut 5th Gen Prius In 2023
Toyota is simultaneously working on EVs and hybrids. One of the reasons is due to the amount of catalytic converter theft. Prius is one of the largest targets out there. Toyota has a response to remove the variable by creating an EV that has no catalytic converter.
Some of the focal points on the 5th gen Prius will be leveraging the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, and Gen 5 Prius will retain what Gen 4 offers.
Other key point will also be a sportier exterior. Prius is often slammed with remarks of being unsightly or awful-looking.
Toyota hopes to remedy that with a redefined body. The new Prius should also look more like a sedan rather than a hatch-style wagon.
Fuel Economy And Performance
While there were no specs listed for the 5th generation Prius we do know that Toyota has said it will retain the current 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and the lithium-ion battery. Toyota also said to expect "big improvements" to fuel efficiency.
Toyota is the global leader in hybrid technology, so I am sure we will see massive improvements on all fronts with all these refinements.
With Prius not doing as well as it has historically, I feel this "overhaul" is an excellent direction for the famed hybrid. I believe that Toyota has much more to offer in the hybrid world, and we are now starting to get a taste of it.
I also think that Toyota needs to improve the "Prime" model range significantly if they compete in the EV market. I also believe it would help Toyota to get more into the performance side of things and give us some cheaper but powerful sports cars.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.