Released date : 2003/ 9/ 1

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Grade S G
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Curb mass(kg) 1250 1270
Dimensions Length(mm) 4445 4445
Width(mm) 1725 1725
Height(mm) 1490 1490
Wheelbase(mm) 2700 2700
Engine Engine code 1NZ-FXE 1NZ-FXE
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC (transverse engine) Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC (transverse engine)
Displacement(cm3) 1496 1496
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. 57/77/5000 57/77/5000
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are NHW20(1500).
The second-generation Prius was released in September 2003, featuring a 5-door hatchback body instead of its predecessor's semi notchback 4-door sedan styling. The wheelbase, body length, and width were lengthened by 150 mm, 135 mm, and 30 mm, respectively, enlarging the interior space. Its side view had a triangular silhouette, with the apex located on the roof directly above the driver. The roofline ended relatively high at the rear, and the top of the rear-end panel was inset with a transparent window to improve rear visibility. The drag coefficient value was extremely low at 0.26.

The Toyota Hybrid System (THS) used in the previous model was upgraded to THS II, while the engine (1NZ-FXE) boosted its revolution speed and the motor (3CM) increased its output by 50% to 50 kW. The fuel efficiency level improved to 35.5 km/l (under the 10-15 mode test cycle), which was among the best in the world. The Prius also came equipped with a number of world's first technologies, including the Intelligent Parking Assist system to semi-automate curbside parking, the Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control system (S-VSC) to unify the control of anti-skid and power steering systems, and an electric inverter-controlled automatic air conditioner that remained operational even when the engine was stopped in the idling reduction mode.
Plant Tsutsumi plant, Fujimatsu plant(Toyota Auto Body Co.,Ltd.) [from Oct. 2004]
"Prius" is Latin for "prior" or "previous."

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