The most significant redesign in five generations of the hybrid sees the Toyota Prius 2023 become faster, more efficient, and a significant design step beyond what has become the pedestrian option. Toyota pushed aside talk of auto show decline by taking over the Los Angeles Auto Show by introducing the stylish, luxurious, and best-performing Prius hybrid.
Since its introduction as a 2001 model year, the Prius hybrid has become a favorite of the eco-friendly package due to its outstanding efficiency, which Toyota says will achieve fuel economy. Combined estimated 57 mpg (4.1 L/100 km) for the new model. But it is also known to look like a household appliance. And all the improvements over the previous generation launched in 2015 have been blown away by the smooth corners and folds as well as the improvements to the powertrain and comfort that come with them. Toyota Group Vice President and General Manager Dave Christ said in a press release that the Prius team has been asked to produce more than one new iteration.
The team has given the Toyota Prius 2023 a roofline that is 2 inches lower and the rear end 1 inch wider than the upcoming fourth-generation model. The lithium-ion battery pack – no more nickel metal hydride batteries – is positioned to optimize a low center of gravity and create more room for luggage.
The old 1.8-liter engine is replaced by a new 2.0-liter inline-four that’s complemented by what Toyota says is the fifth generation of the hybrid system. Put it all together and Toyota claims the FWD Prius develops a total of 194 hp and can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 7.2 seconds, a huge leap. compared to 9.8 seconds of the previous generation. The AWD hybrid drive – adding a high-powered permanent magnet motor to the rear wheels – makes 196 hp and hits 60 mph in 7 seconds.
Two of the first three trim levels use 19-inch wheels. Inside, the Prius has joined the movement towards USB-C port standards, offering six such sockets. 12.3 inches. (312mm) A central infotainment screen is available and some system updates can be handled over the air (OTA). The 2023 Prius hybrid comes standard with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist with automatic braking. A 360-degree view is available in the top Limited trim level, as well as Advanced Park, a hands-free system for parallel or reverse parking.
The Prius has been at the forefront of hybrid vehicles since its introduction, and Toyota has sold 5 million hybrid models in the United States and 20 million worldwide. “We are confident that the all-new Prius and Prius Prime 2023 will continue this important legacy,” said Christ.
Premium Prius-More Strength
Toyota says that thanks to a larger battery pack, the 2023 plug-in version of the Prius makes 220 Hp (20 Hp more than Honda’s sport-oriented 2022 Civic Si) and can top 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Like the hybrid version, the Prius Prime can run a 4G hotspot that will serve up to five wireless devices at the same time.
Prime provides a solar roof to charge the battery when the vehicle is empty and helps power HVAC and other accessories on the go. At a high level of refinement, the solar panels are made in such a way that the electrodes are hidden, “giving the roof a smooth and shiny appearance”.
An Advanced Compact SUV Concept
Along with the launch of the new Prius lineup, Toyota introduced the bZ compact SUV concept, a futuristic aerodynamic-focused electric vehicle with powerful cornering wheels. Seemingly designed primarily as a style statement, Toyota hasn’t provided any details regarding the battery or powertrain. Inside the Compact SUV Concept, a virtual personal worker named Yui helps the driver and passenger interact with the vehicle. Responding to audio and visual signals, the system responds to requests from the front or rear passengers. This “intuitive technology,” as Christ calls it, is part of Toyota’s “Beyond Zero” design approach, which aims to look beyond durability and understand how vehicles can improve the lives of people around the world. drive or control them.
The Threat From The Desert On The Porsche Booth
You could easily think that the tall, tired, sandblasted version of Porsche’s venerable 911 was a concept car shown in L.A. or something from a Brabus or Renntech garage. But the 911 Dakar 2023 is a production car. The 911 Dakar celebrates Porsche’s first victory in the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1984, which is also the first time a 911 has been built with an all-wheel drive. 911 Dakar is available in the same paint color as the 1984 car. 911 Dakar is 50 mm longer than the Carrera sports suspension. And it can be raised by 1.2 inches. (30.5mm) at both ends. This “high” mode can be used at speeds up to 105 mph (169 km/h). Above, Dakar is lowered to its original height.
911 Dakar is equipped with a 6-cylinder Boxer engine, twin turbocharger, and 3.0-liter capacity. that’s 473 HP and 420 Lb-Ft (569 Nm) of torque. Power is channeled to the ground via custom-made dual-layer Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires with 0.35-inch (9mm) deep off-road tread.
Porsche said in a press release that the eight-speed PDK automatic transmission and AWD system can take Dakar to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
Although brand enthusiasts have been chasing a 911 like the Dakar for years. Porsche says it will only build 2,500 units with a starting price of $222,000.