Toyota has officially unveiled the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid. It averages 2.1 L/100km (112 mpg US / 134.5 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

Toyota has officially unveiled the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

On the styling front, the model is distinguished by a new front bumper, a revised grille and LED-infused headlights. Elsewhere, there's clear taillights, silver accents and a rear-passenger side charger port.

Interior changes are minor but include a new center console, a 6.1-inch infotainment system and a blue-colored shifter. Thankfully, the plug-in hybrid technology is compact enough to allow the trunk to hold 443 liters (15.6 cubic feet) of cargo.

Power comes from a 99 PS (73 kW / 98 hp) 1.8-liter petrol engine, a 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and an 82 PS (60 kW / 81 hp) electric motor. This gives the car a combined output of 136 PS (100 kW / 134 hp) which enables it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 10.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). More importantly, the Prius can travel up to 23 km (14 miles) on electricity alone. This allows the vehicle to have estimated fuel consumption of 2.1 L/100km (112 mpg US / 134.5 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

The Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be launched early next year and Toyota expects to sell 50,000 units annually.

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