Toyota Prius updated

Added Tech, Safety and functionality for Hybrid icon

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota Prius

Now in its 4th generation the Prius continues to serve as Toyota’s Hybrid icon and pioneer. Combining unique, futuristic styling with a practical five-door layout, TNGA platform and 1.8-litre Hybrid powertrain, the Prius remains a unique motoring proposition.


Safer than ever

For 2021, the Prius has been fitted with some notable upgrades and enhancements to align it with other premium Toyota models. Toyota Safety Sense has been adopted, bringing with it an array of safety aids in the form of a Pre-Crash system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot monitor plus rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Trace Assist.


Informed and in-touch

The touchscreen infotainment system has been updated to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while also benefitting from a higher-resolution display. The core USB, Aux and Bluetooth functionality remains, while playing through a high-quality six-speaker setup. Toyota Connect is fitted as standard, offering in-car Wi-Fi connectivity with a complimentary 15Gb of data and telematics interface with the MyToyota app.


High-grade hues

As before, eight exterior colours are on offer, the new Platinum White Pearl has replaced Pearl White. A black leather interior provides a sense of luxury and practicality.


High level of specification

The Prius offers buyers a comprehensive level of specification. Some of the stand out features include a Heads-Up display, Reverse Camera, high-definition multi-information display, seat heaters with electric lumbar support and wireless cell phone charging. Dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers and an auto dimming rear-view mirror ramp up the convenience quotient. Smart entry and auto-retractable exterior mirrors are joined by LED head, fog and DRL lamps.



The proven 1.8 litre Hybrid powertrain remains unchanged, combining an electric motor with Toyota’s four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine for a total system output of 90kW. A dedicated EV-mode enables the vehicle to operate under full-electric power. The Prius is classified as a Full Hybrid and uses a self-charging powertrain to provide electric energy.


During deceleration or braking, regenerative energy is captured and stored in the battery. As such, the Prius can operate solely on the petrol engine, the electric motor, or a combination of the two, if so required. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via an integrated CVT transmission.


Model line up and pricing

The Prius range consists of just one model, the Prius 1.8, which retails for R566 400.