The 2020 Toyota Prius is here. The all-new car, designed to compete with Honda Insight, Hyundai Ioniq hatchback and Kia Niro, finally gets an iPhone integration via Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa-enabled smart features as standard regardless of trim level or drivetrain layout.
In addition to these connected features, the all-new World’s most fuel-efficient Hybrid car also gets a new standard 7.0-inch touchscreen on its L Eco, LE and XLE trims– an upgrade over 2019’s 6.1-inch touchscreen.
The Limited version comes with a huge 11.6-inch vertically oriented touchscreen, which also supports Apple CarPlay. Other features on all the trims includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hot-spot, CD player, and Aux and USB inputs.
The XLE and the Limited trims also gets 17-inch wheels, instead of 15-inch wheels on other models, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, an eight-way power driver’s seat and Qi wireless smartphone charging.
Toyota’s Safety Connect system is also newly standard. It includes the emergency assistance, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle locator, and automatic collision notification.
The Prius also comes with safety features like pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with steering assist, automatic high-beam headlights and full-speed adaptive cruise control.
All versions of the 2020 Prius has a 1.8 litre petrol four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that gives a combined output of 121 horsepower.
Prices, excluding destination and clearing cost in Nigeria, starts at $25,410 for the LE, $28,250 for the XLE and $32,375 for the Limited trims.
Still on the Prius — Toyota is currently testing its plug-in Prius hybrid cars, that are fitted with a new version of high efficiency solar panels, on public Japanese roads.
The new Sharp 860 watts of thin film solar panels, which are wrapped on the bonnet, roof, rear hatch door and rear hatch door varnish of the plug-in Prius PHV, is designed to charge the battery-packs as it drives as well as to add more than 35 miles (or 56km) to its fossil fuel-free driving range.
Toyota’s aim is to have a car in the nearest future that will be able drive forever without needing to stop to top up with petrol, diesel or electric charge.