The latest version of the Toyota Prius brought substantial improvements in terms of styling and technology. Arriving completely redesigned for the 2016 MY, the famous hybrid received a new platform and more refined looks. For 2017 Toyota also launched an all-new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid model. Despite the increasing number of direct competitors, this iconic gas-electric car remains the segment’s fuel-economy leader. As for the 2018 Toyota Prius, expect it to receive minor cosmetic tweaks and upgraded safety and infotainment features. According to unofficial sources, the upcoming model is due to hit the showrooms in mid-2017.
Design and Features
The fourth-generation Prius boasts a much sleeker exterior styling compared to the previous model. Although it retains the overall design theme of its predecessor, the latest iteration features a more exciting sheet metal. It has also grown in size, while adding more character creases in the side panels. Thanks to its lower hood line, the 2018 Toyota Prius benefits from considerably improved aerodynamics.
When it comes to interior design, the redesigned Prius brings an even more radical set of innovations. Apart from offering a more spacious cabin, it benefits from improved materials and Toyota’s latest tech features. For instance, the 2018 Toyota Prius comes with two 4.2-inch info screens mounted atop the dashboard. Upper trim levels offer such features as a color head-up display and pedestrian detection. As for the base Prius Two, expect it to offer a 6.2-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Siri eyes-free, voice recognition, etc.
2018 Toyota Prius Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Prius employs a version of the company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system. This frugal gas-electric setup combines a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. While the electric motor produces 71 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque, the system’s net output 120 hp. Compared to the previous generation, combined output is down 13 horsepower, but efficiency is up. Namely, the 2018 Prius mpg figures are estimated at 54/50 (city/highway). As for the Prius Prime, it uses an 8.8 kWh battery that recharges in six hours using a 115-volt outlet.
Pricing and Competition
The 2018 Toyota Prius is expected to range from $25,500 to $31,000, depending on the trim level. In other words, it will offer competitive pricing in the race with the Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi.