The new 2007 Toyota Prius Touring Edition adds to the standard line-up of hybrid-powered gas-sippers a European-style (i.e. stiffer) tuned suspension, 16-inch wheels, as well as a full set of seat-mounted side airbags as well as a front and rear side curtain airbags that were previously available only as a pricey option. Also, compared to a ‘normal’ Prius, the new green hatchback also look a trifle more stylish with its more proportional wheels and extra lighting equipment.
Visually, the Toyota Prius Touring Edition can be distinguished by its larger alloy wheels, HID headlamps and foglamps integrated into the front bumper.
The Touring edition will also sport more impressive rear spoiler.
The rest of the vehicle’s specs seem to be pretty much the same.
The hybrid comes with the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine, producing 76 hp and 82 lb-ft (111 Nm) of torque, working together with a permanent-magnet electric drive that features a maximum power of 67 horsepower @ 1,200-1,540 rpm, and peak torque of 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) @ 0-1,200 rpm. This is about 110 hp of combined power.
As to the fuel economy, the Prius Touring Edition returns the same 60/51/55 mpg city/highway/combined cycle driving.
Toyota plans to sell the new Prius Touring Edition for as low as $23,070.
The hybrid will go on sale this September.