I’ll always remember gazing on the newest iteration of the Toyota Prius for the primary time. A lot hand waving ensued, together with phrases to the impact of, “No, that is all improper.”
Styling is subjective, however as hybrid and electric automobiles enter the mainstream, designers haven’t precisely copied the area-age appears of the fourth-era Prius. Actually, in a bid to keep away from scaring off clients, automakers have charted a course for the protected and non-threatening.
That leaves the Prius because the odd man out — a mannequin enamored with triangular shapes that eyes the Hyundai Ioniq, new Nissan Leaf, and upcoming Honda Perception with fear.
It’s makeover time!
In response to Japan’s CarSensor.internet, Toyota seems able to dial it again a bit. The publication just lately posted pictures displaying what’s presupposed to be a refreshed 2019 Prius, wanting very very similar to the mildly extra conservative Prius Prime plug-in hybrid.
Up entrance, the mannequin’s fascia isn’t as busy. Gone are the stacked lights, changed with extra typical headlamps, a vertical LED operating lights, and foglights positioned additional inboard, tucked into the corners of the decrease air opening. Every illumination supply retains its distance from the others.
Out again it’s the identical story, with the prior mannequin’s aggressively vertical taillights now mimicking that of the Prime. Whereas the car retains its general physique form and related strains, the taillights wrap across the outer edges of the decrease rear glass, relatively than making a beeline for the bumper.
Toyota hasn’t given us something to go on, however the publication claims we’ll see the brand new mannequin earlier than the top of the yr. Potential powertrain tweeks stay a thriller.
The present era Prius launched for the 2016 mannequin yr, with the Prius Prime arriving late that yr as a 2017 mannequin. The smaller Prius C continues on unchanged, however the bigger, wagon-like Prius V, constructed on the earlier-gen Prius’ platform, was phased out of the U.S. market late final yr. Presently, the Prius Prime exhibits vital gross sales progress, sitting because the nation’s best-promoting plug-in hybrid. The Prius, then again, ranked third in hybrid gross sales in March.
Regardless of a four.5-% uptick in U.S. gross sales final month, the “regular” mannequin’s tally over the primary quarter of 2018 exhibits a quantity lack of 24.1 % in comparison with the yr earlier than. There was just one month up to now yr the place the Prius posted a yr-over-yr gross sales achieve: final October, and solely by fifty six automobiles. Clearly, the times of Toyota ruling the sparse hybrid panorama with a single mannequin are over.
With newcomers just like the Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq making inroads within the U.S. market, a makeover is nearly as good an concept as any to assist protect the Prius’ future.
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