The Toyota Prius has been the backbone of the brand's greener initiatives and for 2021, the SA-spec Prius has received some tech and safety updates.
The Toyota Prius has been enhanced for 2021 and the upgrades are focused on tech and safety. Safety-wise, the Prius has been given the Toyota Safety Sense package, which brings in a number of semi-autonomous features like Pre-Crash System (PCS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) plus Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Trace Assist (LTA). The Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Monitor functions can be reached quickly via dedicated steering switches – allowing the driver to activate/de-activate while keeping their hands on the wheel.
On the tech and connectivity front, the infotainment system receives an update that allows for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The updated system also features a higher-resolution display. Toyota Connect is now fitted too, which brings in-car WiFi connectivity to the party. There's 15gb of data loaded compliments of Toyota and the car can now be linked to the MyToyota app.
There's just one single model in the lineup and it comes fully loaded with gadgets and gizmos. A Heads-Up Display (HUD), Reverse Camera, high-definition Multi-Information Display, seat heaters with electric lumbar support and wireless (cellphone) charging. Dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, smart entry, LED lights and auto-retractable exterior mirrors are just some of the stand-out features.
The 1.8-litre petrol hybrid engine continues as before, with total outputs of 90 kW and 142 Nm (plus the additional power offered by the electric motor). Up to a certain speed, the Toyota Prius can run under full-electric power and uses a self-charging powertrain to provide electric energy. It can also recharge itself by brake regeneration. Power goes to the front wheels via a CVT transmission.
How much does a Toyota Prius cost in South Africa?
The Toyota Prius comes with a 6 Services / 90 000km service plan with intervals every 12 months / 15 000 km. There's a 3-year/100 000 warranty as well as an 8-year/195 000 km hybrid battery warranty.
Toyota Prius 1.8 R566 400