Go-ahead for the PriusG

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

A NEW hy­brid will soon join the Toy­ota range in show­rooms.

The car was pre­viewed as the Prius G at the Tokyo Auto Sa­lon in Jan­uary and is headed for full-scale pro­duc­tion.

The Prius G has a 30mm lower ride height and aero parts for a more slip­pery pro­file as well as larger brakes and 18-inch wheels.

In an at­tempt to ap­peal to a dif­fer­ent and younger type of cus­tomer, ex­pand­ing the Prius’s over­all ap­peal, the G will also in­cor­po­rate stiffer sus­pen­sion and lose 20kg in kerb weight, with some sub­tle de­tail­ing in­side, in­clud­ing a red gear se­lec­tor.

Ex­pected in Ja­panese show­rooms by the mid­dle of next year, but with no news on sales in Aus­tralia, the G pack will cost about $3500 more than a reg­u­lar Prius.

PETER LYON

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