The new Prius is the first car making use of Toyota’s new shared platform –Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) — and the company touts TNGA’s lower centre of gravity for better handling. It is powered by hybrid power-train that consists of a petrol engine along with an electric motor. The 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder DOHC VVT-I motor with Eco and Power modes develops 97bhp at 5,200rpm and 142Nm of torque at 3,600rpm.
Perhaps more interesting than the car itself is the way it’s being promoted. Taking a page out of your favorite Final Fantasy game, the Prius PHV travels to the African savanna for its “next mission,” whatever that means. You’ve got a posse of odd looking people, a lion sidekick and a stampede of wildebeest following the car through the brush. What the heck is going on here?
On safety front, the new hybrid now comes with best in class 9 SRS airbags including a driver knee bag, New Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), New Back Guide Monitor, New Emergency Brake Signal, Impact absorbing vehicle body, rear seats complying with ISOFIX standard, vehicle stability control with Traction Control & Hill start assist control ensuring utmost safety for both the driver as well as passengers.
We are actively working to promote strong hybrid technology and other environment friendly vehicles based on our stance that environment friendly vehicles can have a positive impact on the environment only if they are used widely”.