In France, Toyota will begin delivering the first units of the fifth-generation Prius in September, giving preference to those who pre-book. The arrival of the new Toyota Prius to the European market has created many expectations after the good reception it received at its presentation and the good feelings of its first owners in Japan, where it is already for sale. Officially, Spain will not receive it, at least in the first wave, since the units reserved by the Japanese manufacturer are destined for those markets in which it has the best guarantee of success. France is one of them. There, the initial prices have already been announced in the pre-reservation phase.
The fifth generation of the Prius has become one of the most interesting options in Toyota’s electric range for the Old Continent. To its usual hybrid range, which continues to be highly requested by its customers, the plug-in hybrid option of the fifth generation of the Prius is added, the only one that will arrive in Europe.
Coupled with an attractive design, which exceeds that of the four previous generations, the new electrical scheme that the Japanese have developed for the Prius stands out for the efficiency that allows it, in real life, to even exceed the expectations announced by the brand itself. Under the front hood of the new Prius is a two-liter displacement gasoline engine that develops 52 hp combined with a new 122 kW (163 hp) electric motor that, together, offer a total power of 223 hp, much higher than that of the previous generation that was satisfied with 120 CV.
The most interesting thing about this Prius is the battery that powers the system, with a 13.6 kWh capacity responsible for the 69 km of range in an electric mode that it can offer, which represents a 50% increase over the previous generation.
Prices in France
As is customary in the case of Toyota and that of other manufacturers, before starting the official marketing, a preliminary phase of pre-reservations is announced that allows the most interested customers to be at the top of the waiting list for deliveries. In France, where the first deliveries are scheduled for September 2023, this possibility has just opened up.
For those who want to be first, Toyota offers the ability to place a firm order. The prices of the sale in cash, or through financing, are not yet available, but the LLD ( location longue durée ) rental option is available, which is usually known as a long-term rental. This formula allows renting a vehicle for some time and an annual mileage fixed in advance in exchange for a monthly fee that includes maintenance and assistance insurance.
The option presented in France is for the case of a three-year (37-month) rental with a maximum mileage of 30,000 kilometers and an entry fee of €7,990. available:
- Dynamic: 17-inch wheels, blind spot warning, heated front seats, connected navigation on a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Monthly fee: €599.
- Design: Adds to previous equipment, 19-inch Dynamic + wheels, fixed panoramic roof, electric tailgate, and rear camera. Monthly fee: €639.
- Lounge: Adds to the above equipment, dynamic + ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 360° vision, panoramic sunroof: €729.