Toyota has displayed the new Prius family at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, confirming that a plug-in version of one of the best-selling hybrid will be available in Europe from next year. Moreover, the automaker unveiled the new Avensis and the 2012 Hilux.
Prius Family and the new Plug-In Hybrid
When looking at the refreshed Prius ‘classic ‘hybrid, it’s hard to tell at first what exactly was done to justify calling it a facelift. At the exterior, the new Prius received a revised front bumper and an enlarged lower grille.
There are also new clear lens headlamps with an updated LED lamp configuration. Inside, more noticeable is the revised center console design, where the information display has been updated with a 16 gradation-step Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) that will supposedly have a clearer and more three-dimensional display.
No changes have been made under the hood and no official pricing details have been released.
Moving to the Plug-In Prius and Prius+, the coolest thing about the battery pack in the Prius plug-in is that Toyota claims the packs can be charged fully in only an hour on a standard AC outlet. According to preliminary numbers, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will reach 60 mph in a leisurely 10.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mph.
The new Toyota Avensis made its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show yesterday. It features a bolder, more refined exterior design and improvements to the finish quality, comfort and NVH in the cabin. Driving dynamics have been improved and a new grade structure (UK details to be announced later) will provide even more value for money.
The 2.0-litre D-4D engine has been revised to give significant improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With a tax threshold at 120 g/km in almost a third of European countries, the 2.0 D-4D’s 119 g/km will attract generous tax benefits for both private and fleet buyers.
Work has been carried out under the hood as well. The 124bhp 2.0 liter D-4D turbodiesel unit now comes with a new turbo, modified combustion chamber and improved glow control. There is also the 148bhp 2.2 liter D-4D turbodiesel offered with either a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) or a Diesel Particulate and NOX Reduction filter (DPNR). Also in the list is a 145bhp 1.8 liter Valvematic gasoline engine.
2012 Toyota Hilux
First released in Japan in 1967, and one year later throughout Europe, the Toyota Hilux has been a dominant presence in the global pick-up market for almost 45 years.
Now we have a new model that was unveiled at Frankfurt. The 2012 Hilux features extensive revisions to both its interior and exterior design. The interior changes include improved quality of look and feel throughout the cabin, and passenger car levels of convenience.
The driver’s instrument cluster has been redesigned for better clarity, and higher grade models are now equipped with Optitron meters. A new, more modern steering wheel design incorporates grade-differentiated switchgear.
The 2012 Hilux carries forward its current engines, the 142bhp 2.5 D-4D and 169bhp 3.0 D-4D units, but these now comply with the Euro 5 light commercial vehicle emissions standards ahead of their introduction at the beginning of next year, thanks the adoption of a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
The standard five-speed manual transmission and the optional five-speed automatic for the 3.0 D-4D engine, exclusive to the Invincible, are also retained.