Can a Prius show its dark side?
Toyota’s Nightshade series in the U.S. market is now joined by none other than the Prius, available in FWD or AWD-e powertrain and three exterior color choices. We don’t know yet if the Nightshade Edition is gonna change the opinion of the haters, but it arguably makes the Prius look a lot better.
The Nightshade edition comes in Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, and Silver Metallic. The exterior paint is complemented with black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color-keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna. The FWD variant rides on black 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, while the AWD-e on 15-inch ones.
The cabin would feature standard SofTex-trimmed, heated, power-adjustable front seats; a Softex-trimmed heated steering wheel, and a semi-gloss black center console.
Mechanically, the Nightshade Edition remains the same. In America, the Prius is powered by a 1.8-litre (2ZR-FXE) 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine combined with a permanent magnet electric motor at the front. The AWD-e models get an additional 5 kW (7 metric hp) induction motor at the rear. The combined system output on both models is 90 kW (122 metric hp). Transmission is an e-CVT.