If you?re looking to replace your second-gen Prius but aren?t quite sure which way to go, Toyota would like to help. Toyota Motor Sales USA has just announced pricing and specifications for the five-model range of the new third-generation Prius.
Due to go on sale in late May, the new Prius will start from USD$21,000 (AUD$29,610) for the entry level model, up to USD$32,520 (AUD$45,860) for a fully loaded range topper.
That means the new Prius range starts at USD$1000 (AUD$1410) below the current model and is just USD$1200 (AUD$1692) more than Honda?s Insight in the US.
At this stage, Toyota hasn't disclosed what equipment will be available in the entry-level Prius, or even when it will be available, except to say it will be available at a later date. The details of the rest of the range have been made available however.
All Prius models share the same 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine producing 74kW and giving the Prius 100kW of net power in combination with the electric motor. Efficiency gains mean the Prius will return a combined fuel economy figure of 4.7l/100 km (50mpg) which we covered in more detail at the car?s Detroit Motor Show unveiling.
Up from the as-yet unspecified base model, the next model in the range, the Pruis II, starts from USD$22,000 (AUD$31,020).
Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, drivers door smart key with push button start, cruise control, power folding mirrors, six-speaker MP3-compatible stereo with satellite radio capability, power windows and a multi-information display which shows power usage and fuel consumption history.
Next up, the Prius III builds on the features list by adding a JBL audio system featuring a six-disc CD changer and integrated satellite radio capability. Hands-free Bluetooth mobile phone operation is also included in the USD$23,000 (AUD$32,410) price tag.
For USD$25,800 (AUD$36,360) the Prius IV adds leather trim, heated front seats with lumbar support, three-door smart key entry, an auto dimming mirror, plasmacluster interior ioniser and driver and passenger water-repellant windows.
Sitting atop the range, the Prius V comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps with auto-leveling and washers and integrated for lamps. Available from USD$27,270 (AUD$38,430).
Optional equipment extends to a voice-activated navigation system with JBL audio on Prius I for USD$1800 (AUD$2540), remote air conditioning and solar-panelled moonroof on Prius III and IV for USD$3600 (AUD$5075).
An Advanced Technology Package can be optioned for for Prius V for USD $4500 (AUD $6340), which includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist and Intelligent Parking Assist to control steering for reverse park maneuvers.
For now, Australian pricing and equipment is still unknown, however if Toyota Australia follows the example set by its American cousins we could be in for some good value hybrid motoring ahead.
For full details, check out the press release below.
TOYOTA ANNOUNCES PRICES FOR 2010 PRIUS
TORRANCE, Calif., April 21, 2009 - - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the all-new 2010 Prius midsize hybrid, scheduled to go on sale beginning in late May at Toyota dealers nationwide.
The third-generation Prius will be available in one grade with a starting MSRP of $21,000. The Prius will be offered with five levels of popular standard equipment combinations.
"The 2010 Prius delivers outstanding mileage, performance and advanced technology at a great price," said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. Carter sees the most popular model starting at an MSRP of $22,000, equipped with a high level of standard features,
"This model provides more than $2,000 added value, including the features most buyers want, at the same price as the current base model" he said. A new base model with a lower level of standard equipment is scheduled to be available later this year.
It is designed to appeal to the most cost-conscious businesses and consumers. Celebrated as the benchmark for cars of the future, the Prius has delivered superior fuel economy and ultra-low emissions to more than 1.2 million owners worldwide for over 10 years.
When it goes on sale, the 2010 Toyota Prius will once again set new standards for innovative hybrid design and technology, raising its level of convenience features and performance to new heights, including EPA fuel economy estimates of 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway and 50 mpg combined (EPA MPG estimates, actual mileage will vary).
The third-generation 2010 Prius will offer enhanced performance and innovative design features. It will be quieter, roomier, and equipped with advanced standard and available features such as four driving modes, steering wheel touch controls that display on the instrument panel, a moonroof with solar panels, and Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA).
The Prius is equipped with Toyota's industry-leading Hybrid Synergy Drive and certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT- PZEV), emitting over 70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle.
A larger and more powerful yet more efficient 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine produces 98 horsepower at 5,200 rpm.
Together with its electric motor the hybrid system in the new Prius will generate a combined net horsepower of 134, an increase of 24 horsepower over the previous generation. All Prius models offer Toyota's Star Safety System? as standard equipment, which includes enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) Systems, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).
Other standard features include electric power steering and four-wheel disc brakes. Starting fall 2009, select Prius models will include Toyota's all-new telematics service, Safety Connect?, which will offer four safety and security features: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and Roadside Assistance. Safety Connect will be available by subscription, with an included one-year trial subscription.
Adding to the appeal of Prius is an additional array of standard convenience features on most models that include automatic air conditioning equipped with an electric air compressor; AM/FM/MP3 CD player with six-speakers and satellite radio capability; driver door Smart Key system with Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry; a Multi-Informational Display with an energy monitor and fuel consumption history; six-way adjustable driver seat; power door locks; auto up/down on all windows with window jam protection; cruise control; tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel with audio and HVAC controls; color-keyed foldable power heated side mirrors; dual sun visors with vanity mirrors; and tonneau cover.
Prius also brings many new firsts to the Toyota lineup. To help increase fuel efficiency, the 1.8-liter engine is beltless, uses an electric water pump, a new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, and an exhaust heat collection system.
Other Toyota firsts include a new Touch Tracer Display, which features touch sensors on the steering wheel switches that are designed to reduce driver eye movement for better concentration on the road; an available sliding glass moonroof is packaged with solar panels that power a new ventilation system; a remote air- conditioning system functions on battery-power alone, and allows remote operation so the driver can cool the interior temperature for comfort before getting in the car. Also new to Toyota is an available Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system that uses advanced millimeter wave radar.
The system also enables Lane Keep Assist, which helps the driver stay safely within the lane, and the Pre-Collision System, which retracts seatbelts and applies the brakes in certain conditions when a crash is unavoidable. Base MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $750. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
Standard Equipment MSRP
To be released at a later date $21,000
Prius II $22,000
? 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle engine
? P195/65 R15 all-season tires with alloy wheels & covers
? Smart Key (driver's door) and Push Button start
? EV, Eco, and Power modes
? Multi-Informational Display with energy monitor and fuel consumption history
? AM/FM/MP3 CD player with six speakers and satellite radio capability and auxiliary audio jack
? Cruise control
? STAR Safety System and active front headrest
? Seven airbags including driver knee airbag
? Four-wheel disc brakes
? Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and HVAC Controls with Touch Tracer Display
? Six-way adjustable driver seat
? Auto up/down on all windows
? Color-keyed foldable power heated side mirrors
Prius III In addition to Prius II features: $23,000
? JBL AM/FM/MP3 six-disc CD changer with eight speakers
? Integrated satellite radio capability
? Hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth? wireless technology
Prius IV In addition to Prius III features: $25,800
? Three-door Smart Key system
? Leather-trimmed interior
? Heated front seats with driver lumbar support
? Driver and front passenger water repellant windows
? Plasmacluster? ionizer
? Auto dimming mirror with HomeLink?
Prius V In addition to Prius IV features: $27,270
? 17-inch alloy wheels and P215/45 R17 tires
? LED headlamps with auto leveling and washers
? Integrated foglamps