Toyota just pulled the sheets on the all-new 2023 Toyota Prius, introducing a fresh fifth-generation complete with reworked styling and upwards of 220 horsepower for global models.
Although official specs for the U.S.-bound model have yet to be revealed, the world premier for the 2023 Toyota Prius in Japan still provides us with a variety of interesting specs and insights. The first, most-obvious change is the styling, with a dramatic new look that’s wider, lower, and sleeker than the preceding generation. Large-diameter wheels and tires are mounted in the corners with sizing up to 19 inches, while eight exterior colors will be offered for the body panels.
The cabin space features a pair of horizontally oriented digital readouts, one mounted high on the dash in front of the driver, and another mounted forward on the dash for infotainment duties. Toyota Safety Sense is included as standard.
Motivation is sourced from Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid system, including a new 2.0L plug-in hybrid model good for a combined 220 horsepower, sending the 2023 Toyota Prius to 62 mph in a claimed 6.7 seconds. The new Prius also boasts an EV driving range that’s now 50 percent higher than the previous model. A 2.0L and 1.8L Series Parallel Hybrid model are offered as well, with the 2.0L model producing upwards of 193 horsepower.
Under the skin is the second-generation TNGA platform, which boasts a lower center of gravity and additional body reinforcements for greater chassis rigidity and improved comfort in the cabin. The suspension spec throws in MacPherson struts in front and a double-wishbone setup for the rear.
The 2023 Toyota Prius Series Parallel Hybrid model is set to launch later this year, while the Plug-in Hybrid model will launch next spring. To note, GM currently does not sell any hybrid model in the U.S., although it does sell mild-hybrid model variants of the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6, and others in the Chinese market.