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Has the Toyota Prius gotten sexier?

by | Last updated on Nov 18, 2022 at 5:19PM | Published on Nov 17, 2022 | Cars

One thing is for certain, Toyota can’t be faulted for the effort they have put into redesigning the Prius.

The Japanese carmaker hopes to re-energize its hybrid flagship and overnight, it revealed the radical makeover it has been given for 2023.

A cartoon-like design and lack of power were the most notable comments made about the outgoing model.

Toyota Prius
Toyota

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Few will confuse the latest fifth-generation model with its predecessor.

The overall look is now sleeker and more aggressive.

There is a gentle, coupe-like slope to the front end, windshield and roofline.

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Aero-efficiency is key, so Toyota’s designers have kept creases and flourishes to a minimum, too.

On the inside, the Prius 2023 interior has been revamped, with a focus on material quality and driver comfort.

2023 Prius performance

Ok, so the Prius’s dramatic design changes have got people talking, but what about power and performance?

Well, there is a new drivetrain – an upgraded version of that used by the previous Prius plug-in.

Toyota Prius
Toyota

The old 1.8-liter gas engine makes way for a new 2.0-liter inline-4.

It is still paired to twin electric motors, but they have also been beefed up.

Combined output increases 60 percent, jumping from 121hp to 193hp.

If that is not enough power, there is the Prius+ plug-in hybrid, which has been given an even bigger boost.

Combined output for the Prius+ increases 77 percent, jumping from 134hp to 220hp.

Toyota Prius redesign
Toyota

According to Toyota, the 2023 Prius also increases its all-electric range, which is currently 24 miles, according to the EPA, by 50 percent.

All new Prius models will wear Toyota’s new ‘Beyond Zero’ badge, which will appear on all of its electric models moving forward.

The 2023 Toyota Prius Hybrid is expected to get to U.S. showrooms in the next few months, with pricing to be revealed closer to the on-sale date.

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