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by Matt Brogan

The redesigned 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid goes on sale in the US from late May with Toyota today announcing pricing will begin at US$22,750 – which in an ideal world would mean an Australian price tag of $32,560.

A stripped-down base model version will join the line-up late this year for just US$21,750 (A$31,130).

The third-generation Prius comes with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 73kW which combined with the car’s electric motor can produce a total of 100kW.
The US Prius comes in five trim levels and includes standard safety equipment across the range such as ESP with Traction Control and ABS.

The second model in the range, priced at US$22,750, adds push-button start, a six-speaker stereo system, six-way adjustable driver’s seat and seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag.

The most expensive trim level, at US$28,020 (A$40,103) includes Bluetooth, heated front seats, an eight-speaker JBL system and 17-inch alloy wheels.




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