Toyota launch the fourth gen Prius and refresh the Camry Haybrid

Toyota has launched the all-new fourth-gen Prius in India. Based on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Generation Architecture) platform, the new Prius is priced at 38.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is available only in the Z8 trim.

Powering the hybrid is a reworked 1.8-litre petrol engine working in conjunction with a new electric motor. Toyota has also equipped the car with a regenerative braking system that collects energy to charge the battery every time the brakes are applied. Also provided is a choice of drive modes. Toyota claims that the all-new Prius’ hybrid powertrain can deliver a mileage of 26.27kpl. Combined power output is at 122hp.

The Prius also gets a fair bit of kit with the India-spec models featuring leather upholstery, heated front seats, a touchscreen infotainment system, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, heads-up display and dual-zone climate control.

In terms of safety, the new Prius comes equipped with seven airbags, ABS, stability control and traction control.

The car, however, won’t be an out-and-out sales driver for the brand with Toyota stating that the model was launched in India to act as a demonstrator of its latest hybrid technology.

As before, the new Prius is a CBU import with the model’s pricing positioning it quite close the new Honda Accord Hybrid which costs Rs 37 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Toyota may also consider local assembly of the all-new Prius to avail of the benefits provided by the government on locally assembled hybrids and EVs.

2017 Camry hybrid priced at Rs 31.98 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Camry hybrid now gets more equipment than before. New features on the outside include new LED fog lamps and new 15-spoke alloy wheels. On the inside, the new Camry promises better sound quality with a new audio system that comes with 12 JBL speakers, and the navigation system features a new interface. Other new convenience features include a new wireless smartphone charger (for compatible models) and new reverse camera monitor with corner sensors.
On the safety front, the Camry hybrid also some new features including nine SRS airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system and an emergency brake signal.
The powertrain continues to be the electric and petrol engine – the Hybrid Synergy Drive system comprising of a 160hp 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and 143hp electric motor delivering a combined power output of 205hp.
Power is sent to the front wheels via an electronically controlled CVT gearbox.
The Camry hybrid can run in full electric mode only at low speeds and on mild throttle inputs. Up the pace and the system switches to a combination of electric and engine power. It also uses brake regeneration to recharge the batteries when the car slows down or is cruising. All the tech helps the Camry hybrid achieve a claimed mileage of 19.16kpl and a 0-100kph time of 9.2sec.
The distinct combination of performance, fuel efficiency and environment friendliness has resulted in a majority of customers going for the hybrid model over the petrol which it comprehensively outsells.

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