LEAKED! – Is this the new Toyota Prius PHV? Seems legit!

Toyota has recently released a teaser for a new “technological breakthrough”, which will be revealed at the New York Auto Show. It was a reference to the Prius PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle), according to most of the automotive media that gave the teaser any importance. And here are, apparently, the first images of the new car from Toyota, released by the Japanese magazine Mag X.

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The back image matches the teaser perfectly. And shows Toyota has tried to fix the hideous design of the “regular” Prius. It seems to have worked. Check the teaser below.

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The images could also be just renderings of the new car, due to their low definition, but the images seem to make perfect sense. And there are technical specifications of the car to reinforce them.

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The Prius PHV would be 4.55 m long, 1.77 m wide  and 1.49 m high, with a wheelbase of 2.70 m. It would weight 1,350 kg, instead of the 1,280 kg of the regular Prius, due to the larger battery. This bigger battery will give it an only electric range of 50 km, more than enough for most people to go and come from work everyday. The engine will still be the 1.8 4 cylinder 2FR-FXz, producing 77.2 kW at 5,200 rpm and 147 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The electric motor produces 66.2 kW more. The transmission is a CVT and the car will have an estimate fuel consumption of 1.43 l/100 km.

Sales are expected to begin in Japan by October. The US release date is still unknown, but expect it to happen by the end of the year. More details tomorrow, with the start of press days.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.