The Prius is the first commercially successful hybrid and since its original release, it managed to sell north of 500,000 units a year. The current model has been released in 2015 and it features Toyota’s latest technologies when it comes to fuel efficiency. However, not that long ago Toyota released the revised Camry which can provide north of 51 MPG on average. This is nearly the same as the Prius while looking better, costing slightly more and featuring a much better interior. In order to allow the Prius to shine it seems a new model might be on its way faster than expected. So far these are just rumors but it looks like the new model will be released with the upcoming 2019 Toyota Prius.
Five seats – hopefully
High energy efficiency
2017 model has an average range, we hope to better
This article is just a rumor!!!
Testing the new Prius V is in progress. Just recently, we could see the spy photo of the new model that is planned for 2019. What we can immediately say is that the new version will be somewhat larger and similar to SUVs, while the front mask remains almost identical to the currently available Prius V. The existing platform will continue to be used, providing strength and weight savings. It is not yet known what powertrain is being employed. We’re still waiting for official information … – Update: 11.13.2017
2019 Toyota Prius Rumors
The new car will still be based on Toyota’s TNGA modular architecture and it will still have roughly the same running gear as the ongoing model.
This is mostly because the car will likely be the mid-life update of the current generation.
Even though this is true, it seems the new Prius will be lighter than its predecessor and possibly more aerodynamic.
As before, the car will be sold in regular hybrid guise as well as a plug-in version
When it was released the current car received many mixed reviews but people still ended up loving the way it looks.
Most rumors seem to suggest the upcoming 2019 Toyota Prius is not going to change all that much when it comes to its looks.
The wedge-shaped design will stay mostly because this is the most aerodynamic shape the car can have.
However, it’s really angular front end is likely going to be gone while in the rear the unusual vertical tail lights are expected to be redesigned as well.
The end result should be a far more aggressive styling than before while also looking a bit more stylish
These changes should allow Toyota to tackle a completely different audience which was not really the case up until now.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime Review
The upcoming 2019 Toyota Prius will feature a single interior for both the regular hybrid and the plug-in versions.
Considering that many people loved the plug-in, it is safe to assume the upcoming model will receive the portrait-style tablet infotainment system and the more minimalist-looking dashboard.
These alone should make the new Prius a lot more desirable. On top of that, the car is also expected to feature more safety features on the base trim levels.
A semi-autonomous mode might also be installed in the future which will focus on aiding the driver is more efficient. Some also suggested a 4-seats version is possible but considering the car’s price, this is highly unlikely.
Engine and Specs of 2019 Toyota Prius
Powered by a 1.8-liter hybrid, the current model managed to provide north of 56 MPG on average which is very impressive. Most rumors out there are suggesting the successor of the current Prius is not only going to be more efficient but also faster.
This would be achieved by replacing the rather old 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle naturally aspirated mill with a brand new engine.
The specifics are still unknown but it looks like the Prius may receive a 1.2-liter turbo-four engine
This would be modified in order to be more efficient than its predecessor and also deliver a more usable torque curve.
The end result should be around 10 to 15% more power while being with up to 5% more efficient.
On top of that, the electric motor is expected to be replaced with a slightly more powerful unit while its battery will be lithium-ion in all versions.
The big difference between the regular and the plug-in will be the size of the battery
The one in the plug-in version should allow it to drive north of 30 miles on electricity alone.
The regular hybrid should still benefit from the improvements.
Most rumors are saying the car will be able to return north of 60 MPG on average which would make it the most efficient in its class.
Release and Price
The car’s price has yet to be announced but it is safe to assume it is not going to cost more than its predecessor.
|2017 Model||MSRP From|
|Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid||$34,500|
|Toyota Prius Prime||$27,200|
|Ford Fusion Energi||$33,200|
|Chevrolet Bolt EV||$41,000|
The car is expected to hit the market by the end of 2018 and it should become the most efficient car on sale today.
Below we will list some rivals Toyota Prius Prime:
- Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Chevrolet Volt
- Ford C-Max Energi SE
- Ford Fusion Energi
- Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
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