Toyota Prius third generation hybrid first impressions

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3rd generation Toyota Prius: impressions

It may be different for the enthusiast but say the hybrid to the layman and he ll automatically it with the Toyota Prius. And the third generation is here, and to be launched in Malaysia next Let s have a look at the new iconic Toyota that you ll be able to buy at before the end of the year.

First of all I it s best to define what a car is, and the various types of hybrid available on the market. A hybrid essentially combines two or more sources to move the vehicle. It refers to hybrid electric which combine a combustion with electric motors.

you implement a hybrid system, are a few ways to configure the combustion and electric motors. With the of the Honda Civic Hybrid, we ve introduced to the concept of a mild assist hybrid system, or a parallel hybrid system.

In a parallel hybrid system, the combustion engine is always as the primary power. A electric is installed between the engine and the It is only used to assist the engine whenever needed, Honda calling it an Integrated Assist system.

Because the steps in whenever the driver more power, a smaller and fuel efficient combustion can be used. However with configuration there is no such as a zero emissions full EV the car cannot run solely on the electric

And then you have series cars, where a combustion running at a constant most RPM is used as an electricity generated to an electric motor, which the wheels.

The THS Hybrid Synergy system in the Toyota Prius is of the called a full hybrid, a hybrid or a series-parallel hybrid. It the best of both world, can run on the combustion engine only, motor only, or both, but is as it has more parts, and more in design.

THS consists of an internal engine, two water-cooled motor-generators motor with dynamo a powersplit device, and a battery The first motor-generator functions as a generator, converting the internal engine s mechanical power to power, which recharges the and supplies electricity to power the motor-generator. The second motor-generator is to drive the vehicle.

It is mounted on the It also serves as a dynamo brake-energy regeneration.

Power the internal combustion engine is via the power split device and to either the front wheels or the motor-generator. The Prius combustion revs independently of the vehicle much like how a car with a CVT would, but there is no CVT transmission in a Some trickery between the split device, motor-generators and the engine play around the engine revs that one find confusing, but the bottom is the end result is perceived to us as CVT-like.

calls it an ECVT system.

But the best part of such a is the EV mode where the car runs on the motor only. On one end really 0 to 100km/h acceleration times can put a on your face but I found out the other end is also true! silence from the car while you are through a traffic jam or looking for in a parking lot can be strangely satisfying, it be something to do with the fact your car can do something that likely no other car in that lot can do.

The internal combustion engine of the new is the 2ZR-FXE, an Atkinson cycle with 1.8 litres of displacement. is up by 0.3 litres from the previous 2nd gen 1.5 litre engine. The new engine out 99 PS compared to 77 PS from the 1.5 litre and 143Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Now why a 1.8 litre engine put out so little you ask? It s because of the Atkinson it s more fuel efficient has less power density.

The is now beltless thanks to an electric pump. The combined output of the produce 60kW and 207Nm of

The Prius continues to use a NiMH Some competitors have about starting using ion and Toyota says they have a li-ion battery by the end of this year but according to chief engineer Akihiko NiMH and Lithium Ion both pros and cons. EVs might the larger capacity of lithium ion and they can be larger because of the of a combustion engine and fuel but in hybrids where the battery can be and of less capacity, NiMH is suitable as it can sustain a high output over a shorter of time.

But for plug-in hybrids in the future, can benefit from lithium ion

Something interesting is an optional which is a solar panel on the This panel doesn t the battery but it actually helps the car cool while it is parked the sun. Unfortunately from I hear, UMW Toyota specifications for the in Malaysia will not carry solar panel.

There no city drives as part of the drive session that I at the Tokachi International racetrack in Instead, Toyota had designed a of acceleration and braking patterns set by a car over a total of 10.2km on the that s meant to emulate driving. While this isn t an indicator of real life CBT s Thomas Huong and I managed to a nice average 31.6km per fuel consumption, which was the economical figures of the day.

We repeated the same track run at throttle and managed to score 9km per litre, which is still decent considering it was pedal to the for most of the track. I think the would be able to score a 20km+ per litre in real fuel consumption, which is for largeish (you could it European D segment) car with a wheelbase. The chassis is a common one the MC platform shared with Toyota cars such as the Estima, Avensis and Auris.

The model with the 17 inch was actually pretty surprisingly fun to on the track thanks to a decent with a compliant suspension with the strong torque of the motor assist. Grip and the tight handling were far on the second gen Prius and third gen with smaller wheels, VSA stability control kicking in to the car in way too often. Big difference just you how much wheels play a in the dynamics of a car.

But all in all, very surprising for a car that s on boring old fuel economy. be something to do with the fact the chief engineer drives an Romeo

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The first thing you about the interior of the new third Prius is the fact that the big Multi Vision touch is now gone. Other Prius are still there such as the shift by wire gearknob and the On that does nothing but some of the dashboard lights up to It doesn t feel like you re a car on but more like an electrical

The EMV system has been replaced by more displays into the panel located at the forward-most end of the closest to the windscreen. Stuff the fuel consumption bar graph and the real-time display monitoring sources of power the car is currently by are much smaller now but functionality-wise it is better as they can all be looked at by quickly at the panel instead of left at the EMV as per the 2nd generation Prius.

This is all in the interest of keeping the focused on the road. Another that helps in this is the Touch Tracer system. As the monitoring display is now near the there is no longer any touch functions.

Instead you control the displays via steering wheel

You may feel like taking eyes off the road and glancing at your steering wheel to at what button your are resting on. With Touch you don t have to do that. The steering controls have dual sensitivity.

Touch lightly and a on the instrumentation panel that the steering wheel control shows you what button finger is touching. Then you the button only if you press a little harder.

All in all the changes to the new makes it look and feel like a normal car but with fuel economy rather a hybrid. The exterior looks way less space-age and more but the interior is more like a car, and somehow while it much more modern it much less expensive to the 2nd gen Prius. It s not just the dashboard but the panel the graphics look pixelated.

But the third gen is definitely an over the 2nd gen, and the Hybrid Drive system trumps the assist systems of its competitors in owner experience and in terms of economy.

However in Malaysia the estimated is expected to hover around a 2.4 s price. That s quite a and if you re buying this to save that s alot of fuel ! The drawing factor will be the whole hybrid lifestyle as the ability for the EV mode, and making an eco

And we still don t have any clear as to how long the battery lasts and how it costs to replace, though claims it will last 10 years and possibly the lifetime of the There needs to be a solid and guarantee for this. Perhaps a warranty for the battery compared to the of the car will give better confidence.

More details on the specifications for the Prius will when the car is launched next

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