The next generation Toyota Prius hybrid will hit the market in about a year. The base model will demonstrate evolutionary development, and a completely new version will appear in a few years. Representatives of Toyota Motor announced this during the E-Volution event dedicated to the presentation of the bZ4X electric cross in the USA.
Officials have not announced any precise characteristics. They hinted that the next generation Prius will be more powerful and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. The fourth-generation Prius XW50, which has been on sale since 2015, is powered by a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and an electric motor. Both of these components will become more powerful and efficient.
Earlier in 2021, Japanese media reported that the Prius PHV will receive a larger capacity lithium-ion battery. The XW50 uses an 8.8 kWh battery that can travel up to 40 km.
Officials also said that a “new direction” should be found for the Prius. This is unlikely to mean developing an all-electric version as Toyota wants the Prius to remain affordable.
But Japanese sources claim that in 2025 there will be a version with an internal combustion engine that burns hydrogen. Toyota is already developing in a completely new direction.
So, what is officially known about the next Toyota Prius? It will become more powerful and efficient, and a fundamentally new version will also appear. With almost 100 percent certainty, we can say that the 1.8-liter internal combustion engine will remain, but it will be finalized. The rest of the information is still in the nature of rumors of varying degrees of reliability.
Recall that the fourth generation Toyota Prius (XW50) has been produced since 2015. It uses a 1.8-liter inline-four 2ZR-FXE (98 hp), aided by a 72-horsepower electric motor powered by a battery pack under the rear seats. The standard configuration is front-wheel drive, but there is also an all-wheel drive version of the Prius E-Four with a separate electric motor for the rear axle.