Earlier today, Toyota revealed the latest version of its pioneering Prius hybrid-electric car — and it’s packing over 200 HP!
When Toyota first launched the original Prius in 1997, it was a groundbreaking, technological tour de force of efficiency. The car offered exceptional fuel economy, silent running, and an instantly recognizable body shape that didn’t just establish the visual cues that would come to define “hybrid” cars for a generation — it laid the foundation for the EV revolution we’re living through today.
“Here in 2022, times have changed,” explains Simon Humphries, Senior General Manager of Global Toyota design. “Not a day goes by without talk of the road to carbon neutrality. But, in addition to hybrids, BEVs are also achieving major technological breakthroughs and solidifying their position as the standard for the future.”
As for how the Prius has contributed to that march towards a carbon-neutral future, Humphries says that, “Japan has reduced its CO2 emissions by 23% compared to 20 years ago, a high level by international standards … in North America, Toyota alone has sold more than 5.2 million hybrid vehicles and reduced emissions there by approximately 82 million tons.”
The new Prius Prime model offers fully 220 HP — more than a Fox-body Mustang with the 5.0L OHV V8 came with from the factory — and is capable of 37.5 miles of all-electric driving before the internal combustion engine kicks in.
You can check out the world premier of the new Prius, below, then let us know what you think of Toyota’s newest hybrid in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Livestream of the All-new PRIUS | World Premier
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