TThat fifth generation 2023 Toyota Prius It has been welcomed by many due to its better looks and more powerful engines.
However, it’s limited by its five-door liftback body, which is likely to limit sales in today’s SUV-dominated automotive market – and indeed, it’s already been written off for Australia.
So, what if Toyota produced a smaller SUV version of the Prius, badged as it is? Prius Crossas the only hybrid alternative to Yaris Cross?
These images created by digital artists TheotlImagine what such a vehicle would look like – possibly allowing native access to the Prius nameplate, while rejecting the liftback.
Taking its curves from Lexus NXthe rendering shows elements carried over from the next-generation Prius, including its front end, taillights, and similar character lines.
Under the bonnet, the new Prius is powered by an improved 1.8-litre hybrid system, similar to that found on the facelifted Corolla, or two new powertrains: a 2.0-litre hybrid and a 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid (PHEV ).
The plug-in hybrid Prius has a 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery, Allows an all-electric driving range of approximately 90 km.
Is there a possibility of a jack-up price?
C-HR Prologue Concept (below), the next C-HR will feature hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, and an evolved design inspired by the Prius, BZ4x and Crown.
The concept is believed to be as close to production as the Aygo X Prologue concept due out in 2021, which preceded the Aygo X city car – under the Yaris Cross in Europe – revealed eight months later. It suggests a similar timeframe, with production C-HR expected to begin in mid-2023 ahead of a 2024 market launch.
Up front, there’s a sharper design with a pair of slim headlights and a thin grille, while a more sloping roofline flows into a milder strip at the rear.
It looks like the hidden rear door handles will continue into the next generation, while the large alloy wheels and pop-out front door handles are likely to be replaced by more conventional units.
Below: 2023 Toyota Yaris Cross