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Toyota Prius 2019 pricing and specs revealed

Toyota has updated the Prius hybrid with new front and rear styling.

Toyota Australia has released a refreshed Prius for the 2019 model year, with new styling, added technology and pricing that's up by a small amount. 

Most noticeable is the updated Prius' new look, with revised front and rear styling that is both simpler and more aggressive than the previous model. The new model is also 35mm longer than the pre-updated model (now 4575mm) thanks to its new frontal styling. The previous rear's long tail-lights have been replaced with more horizontal units.

The Prius’ interior has also been tweaked for greater comfort, according to Toyota. The centre console has been redesigned for superior ease of use, with repositioned heated seat buttons on the i-Tech, and newly positioned cupholders and wireless phone charging. 

Both Prius models are also equipped with a new multimedia system with inbuilt satellite navigation with live traffic routing, DAB+ digital radio, Siri eyes-free and Miracast. Like all other Australian Toyota products, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - both featuring in North America - remains unavailable locally.

The sole drivetrain for Australia remains unchanged - a 72kW/142Nm 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) battery pack and electric motor for a total power output of 90kW. Toyota claims a combined fuel consumption cycle of 3.4L/100km, and CO2 emissions of 80g/km.

The updated Prius interior features a new centre screen. The updated Prius interior features a new centre screen.

Standard equipment on the Prius includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker JBL sound system, wireless phone charging, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry/start (driver’s door only), climate control and a heads-up display.  This version now starts from $36,590 plus on-road costs (+$150). 

The Prius i-Tech adds larger 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats and keyless entry/start on all doors. It costs $44,050 - also up $150. 

All Prius models are equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense+ active safety equipment, which includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam. The Prius i-Tech then adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

The rear of the Prius uses horizontal tailights. The rear of the Prius uses horizontal tailights.

Of the 3268 fleet and private hybrid sales in Australia so far in 2019, the Toyota Prius has sold just 27 units - or less than one per cent. Prius sales are down 50 per cent so far in 2019. 

Toyota Prius pricing (plus on-road costs):

Prius: $36,590 (+$150)

Prius i-Tech: $44,055 (+$150)

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