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New Zealand's bestselling hybrid just got better

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Toyota’s determination to create stylish, head-turning cars, has been applied to its halo hybrid model, the Prius.

The new 2019 Prius brings cleaner, more engaging lines with revised front and rear-end treatments, headlights, tail lights, wheel treatment and two new exterior colour choices.

Inside the Prius has been revamped with new upholstery, and a redesigned gloss black centre console. The instrument panel features a new 7" JBL Premium Audio touchscreen display with mobile assistant.

"For almost two decades Prius has delivered drivers with extraordinary fuel efficiency and reliability," says Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager Product and New Vehicle Sales.

"It has been the cornerstone of development in advanced hybrid technology and has led to the introduction of Corolla and RAV4 hybrids."

Updated styling for the 2019 Prius incorporates sharp, slim headlights with bi-beam LEDs. New rear combination tail lights have a more horizontal look to emphasise the car’s low centre of gravity.

Overall, the new Prius has a more dynamic look with a strong hip line running forward from the rear built-in spoiler to the front passenger door. The new styling brings the hybrid Prius in line with the look of the Plug-In hybrid electric Prius Prime.

Toyota has thoroughly updated the interior design and technology to provide a unified feel inside the cabin and hands-free functions.

The Mobile Assistant uses Siri or Google Assistant voice commands to perform simple tasks such as sending a text message, setting a reminder, or to check the weather at your destination through your mobile phone1.

Other modifications to the 2019 Prius are a choice of two new colours - Blue Gem and Emotional Red - and sporty 17-inch alloy wheels with a titanium-like paint finish.

All of these upgraded features plus Toyota Safety Sense, Satellite Navigation and a colour head-up display are available in the SX base model. The higher-specified ZR model has leather-accented seat material, an eight-way powered driver’s seat and front seat heaters.

Every Prius features multiple driving modes to suit the driving conditions. Power mode increases accelerator responsiveness, ECO mode helps to maximise fuel economy and EV mode gives clean emissions-free motoring using electric power only.

By ensuring the best fuel efficiency for the driving environment, Prius minimises its CO2 emissions and contributes to New Zealand reducing its total greenhouse gas emissions. Prius is rated at 3.4L/100km combined fuel consumption and 80kg/km combined CO2.

"It’s a journey that Toyota is taking globally to achieve affordable and lower emissions cars for all customers," says Mr Lala.

Since the 2003 introduction of Prius to New Zealand, Toyota has sold more than 5,500 new Prius, Prius c and Prius v.

New 2019 Prius is available in two variants, the SX at $39,990 and the ZR priced at $46,990.

Toyota Drive-away pricing includes all on road costs; WOF, registration, a full tank of fuel, the Toyota Care Service Advantage package, floor mats, and the three years or 100,000 kms warranty.

1 mobile must be connected to the internet for mobile assistant to work

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