Toy­ota and Ford switch up hy­brids

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS -

are tak­ing a new turn with Toy­ota and Ford mak­ing changes to their petrol-elec­tric mod­els.

Toy­ota is adding a four-wheel-drive sys­tem to the Prius and Ford is in­tro­duc­ing a hy­brid pow­er­train on the Mon­deo es­tate.

The elec­tric AWD sys­tem will be an op­tion on the Prius and is de­signed to give the car ex­tra grip in poor con­di­tions.

It will be avail­able in the spring and comes as the Ja­pa­nese car maker makes sub­tle changes to the Prius’ de­sign in­side and out.

All new ver­sions of the Prius will come with Toy­ota’s lat­est safety sys­tems in­clud­ing an up­graded frontal anti-col­li­sion set up and road sign recog­ni­tion. The new mod­els have a dif­fer­ent front bumper and new-look light clus­ters all round while in­side the up­dates in­clude a larger phone charg­ing pad as well as new trim and up­dates to the head-up dis­play to in­clude nav­i­ga­tion in­struc­tion.

Toy­ota says the 4x4 set up does not im­pact on the Prius’ fuel con­sump­tion which sees it come with emis­sions as low as 85g/km and a fuel re­turn be­tween 58.7 and 64.7mpg un­der the new WLTP reg­u­la­tions.

Mean­while, Ford has an­nounced a hy­brid Mon­deo es­tate pow­ered by a 2.0-litre petrol en­gine and elec­tric mo­tor which to­gether de­velop 187ps.

Tar­geted emis­sions for the hy­brid es­tate are 103g/km which equates to 63.3mpg while the ex­ist­ing four-door Mon­deo hy­brid is rated at al­most 67mpg with a CO2 fig­ure of 98g/km.

The new Mon­deo hy­brid is ex­pected to ac­count for up to 50 per cent of Mon­deo es­tate sales.

Ford also an­nounced it was to in­tro­duce its new 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel en­gine mated to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion to the Mon­deo.

Two ver­sions of the ul­tra-clean en­gine will be avail­able of­fer­ing ei­ther 150 or 190ps with emis­sions of 127 and 133g/km re­spec­tively.

Prices for the new Mon­deos and the AWD Prius are still to be an­nounced.

Toy­ota’s Prius

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