2023 Toyota GR Prius performance hybrid unveiled

2023 Toyota GR Prius performance hybrid unveiled

The Toyota Prius Hybrid was the pioneer of gasoline-electric vehicles. Now there are reports from Japan speculating that it could get the GR performance treatment.

That 2023 Toyota Prius Hybrid could take on a GR or GR Sport Performance version, according to the latest speculation from Japan.

Moves Computer illustration expert theottle created these digital illustrations of what a GR-enhanced Toyota Prius could look like.

GR stands for Gazoo Racing and is Toyota’s high-performance division. Some GR models get the full fast car treatment, while the GR Sport badging hints at sporty styling upgrades.

Inspired by the GR Corolla and GR Yaris, the featured GR Prius features a wide body kit, air intakes on the front fenders, alloy wheels and GR’s signature triple tailpipes.

As the all-new fifth-generation Toyota Prius is based on the same GA-C platform as the GR Corolla, it could theoretically fit the latter’s suspension and 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine. However, given that the Toyota Prius is a hybrid halo, that’s an unlikely scenario – unless Toyota has figured out a way to combine hybrid and electric power for such a special edition.

Toyota Japan is reportedly planning to offer GR styling upgrades for the new-generation Toyota Prius, with the company teasing images of an accessory-equipped example online.

There’s also a chance the Japanese automaker will offer a variant of the Prius GR Sport in some markets – a slightly upgraded version of the car, like the C-HR GR Sport and the LandCruiser GR Sport.

However, it is currently unclear whether the new generation Toyota Prius will make it to Australia in standard or GR guise. Toyota Australia has previously said it has “no plans” to introduce the 2023 Toyota Prius locally.

Ben Zechariah

Ben Zachariah is a veteran Melbourne-based writer and motoring journalist who has worked in the automotive industry for over 15 years. Previously a truck driver, Ben completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the field of classic car investments.

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