Like the latest generation Prius, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. This places the driver low in the car in a more engaging position ensuring the Prius Plug-in Hybrid offers a more dynamic driving experience. A feeling that is heightened by the lower centre of gravity and enhanced suspension.
The TNGA platform has also given our designers freedom to give the new car its distinctive, road-hugging, edgy look. The aerodynamic design with its double-bubble rear window glass and automatic grille shutter – which reduces drag when cooling isn’t required – give the Prius Plug-in Hybrid a remarkably low Cd 0.25 coefficient of drag.
With sales of the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid due to start in Europe from early 2017, it represents another landmark chapter in our Hybrid story. Starting with the Prius in 1997, we are proud to have sold over nine million hybrid vehicles around the world, saving more than 67 million tonnes of CO2.
With the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid forming part of an eight-model Toyota Hybrid family, we are at the start of a journey to reduce the CO2 emissions from our vehicles by 90 per cent by 2050, compared to the levels we had in 2010.
To do this we will make our conventionally powered models more fuel-efficient and we will promote the development of next-generation vehicles with low or zero carbon emissions, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.
*Subject to final vehicle homologation