Toyota has unveiled a pair of new electrified vehicles at the 2022 LA Auto Show, which is set to welcome attendees between Nov 18 – 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. On the show floor, the OEM will present the 2023 Prius Prime alongside a bZ Compact SUV Concept designed to preview the next model in its Beyond Zero line of pure-electric vehicles.

For 2023, the new Prius Prime adds technologies that work to add convenience, while heightening performance. Here, a larger battery will increase the PHEV’s EV-only range by more than 50% over the previous vehicle generation. With that model capable of a 25-mile (40-km) EV range, the new Prius could see an electric range exceeding 36.5 miles (58.7 km). Further supporting the battery’s operations is an optional solar roof. Consisting of several panels mounted onto the vehicle roof, this technology recharges the battery while the new Prius Prime is parked. While driving, it continues to provide electricity to key vehicle functions, including the air conditioning system. Toyota estimates that the solar roof can provide the PHEV with enough energy to support 777 miles (1,250 km) of EV-only driving annually.

Internally, the new Prius Prime pairs a 5th-generation hybrid power train with a 2.0-liter engine, and a lithium-ion battery that sits under the rear seat. This combination provides it with a maximum power output of 220 hp (164 kW), and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 6.6 seconds.

The vehicle’s technology offering largely varies between its three trims – SE, XSE, and XSE Premium. The base SE, for example, provides an 8.0-inch central infotainment touchscreen and 6 USB-C ports as standard, alongside new and returning ADAS. In addition to providing Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, new to the Prius is Toyota’s Traffic Jam Assist – which is featured across all grades. A Front and Rear Parking Assist, with Automatic Braking, is an optional feature.

The XSE trim retains the SE’s 8.0-inch screen and USB-C ports, while adding Toyota’s Home Link system for smart home devices, a wireless charger, and a smart key. The trim’s optional features include a Digital Key, that leverages the user’s smartphone, and a larger 12.3-inch audio multimedia touchscreen. The XSE Premium trim builds on the XSE’s standard technology suite by offering this larger touchscreen, and the Digital Key, as standard alongside a premium JBL audio system. The trim exclusively offers Advanced Park, a digital rearview mirror, a Panoramic View Monitor, and the solar glass roof as optional features. Toyota confirmed that select technologies would be offered across all trims – with all benefitting from OTA updates, voice and touch controls for the multimedia system, Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Pricing and release details for the 2023 Prius Prime will be confirmed by the OEM in the first half of next year.

Toyota is also using the LA Auto Show to debut its latest concept vehicle – the bZ Compact SUV Concept. Designed to preview its next EV, the concept builds on the design and technology principles first presented in the bZ4X EV. Inside the SUV, for example, sustainable materials remain a key focus – with the seats made from plant-based and recycled materials. A minimalist infotainment system puts technology first, with a vertically curved center touchscreen sitting alongside a similarly curved driver display. Underneath the center screen, a suspended center console houses physical controls for the transmission dial. The SUV concept extends its technology offering with Yui – a personal agent in the form of an in-car voice assistant. It uses audio and visual cues that move around the cabin to help users connect with the vehicle and can respond to commands issued by the front- or rear-seat passengers.