Toyota Prius Prime 2023 will get a roof with solar panels (4 photos)

New hybrid car Toyota Prius Prime2023 has improved its appearance, received a larger Li-Ion traction battery, as well as a solar roof that will allow you to charge the battery in the parking lot or serve as a source of energy for the air conditioner while driving.

The new traction battery will increase the range of autonomous driving up to 60 km (instead of the previous 45), and it will be able to charge using solar panels built into the roof of the car.

The new model has a low center of gravity and a large boot capacity. It is slightly lower, wider and longer than the previous generation Prius.

Toyota says the car has a fifth-generation hybrid powertrain and a 2.0-liter engine for a total output of 220 hp. Acceleration to 100 km / h takes 6.7 seconds.

Like the base Prius, the Prius plug-in hybridPrime supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's own Intelligent Assistant allows you to get directions, adjust the audio system, change the cabin temperature and more using voice commands. To help the user understand how to get to where they are going, Cloud Navigation uses the most up-to-date traffic and route information.

Other features includeJBL Premium Audio system with eight speakers and USB Type-C ports. On select trim levels, the Remote Connect service provides a digital key feature that allows you to lock and unlock doors, start the engine, and more using your smartphone.

In other trim levels, the Prius Prime maybe equipped with a blind spot monitoring system with an obstacle warning function when reversing. Front and rear parking assistance with automatic braking is available as an option on the SE trim and is standard on the XSE and XSE Premium trims. Those who opt for the XSE Premium will benefit from the Panoramic View Monitor, which provides a 360-degree view around the car, as well as a hands-free system that can assist with parallel parking and reversing in a parking space.

About pricing and launch date for the base Priuswill be known by the end of this year. As for the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, the company promised to provide information in the first half of 2023.

Source: Engadget