The radically reinvented, fifth-generation Toyota Prius is official, bringing a dramatic design and technology evolution while switching exclusively to plug-in hybrid power.

Revealed overnight in Japan, the new Toyota Prius represents an obvious departure from the outgoing car, which went off sale in the UK earlier this year. As yet, there is no confirmation the new model will be sold here.

It has been confirmed for wider European sales, however, and in that market will no longer be sold with Toyota’s long-running full-hybrid drivetrain, which made its debut in the original Prius and helped establish the brand as a frontrunner of the initial wave of electrification.

The new drivetrain – an upgraded version of that used by the previous Toyota Prius Plug-in – pairs a 147bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 158bhp EV motor on the front axle for a combined 221bhp – 100bhp up on its predecessor.

Toyota has not yet detailed performance figures (a full European debut will take place on 5 December) but promises “strong and responsive acceleration”. 

Power, meanwhile is supplied by a 13.6kWh battery said to boost EV range by 50%, which would suggest the new Prius can travel around 58 miles with the engine off, which would be one of the longest EV ranges of any PHEV on sale.

This news story is being updated.

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