TRD and Modellista parts for Toyota Prius
TRD and Modellista unveiled a series of upgrades for the facelifted Toyota Prius that will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Although both companies did their best to make the hybrid look more interesting, the design remains controversial with overly aggressive details that don’t really match the character and the performance of the car, even though that kind of visual upgrades are very popular in Japan.
As a reminder, the updated Prius is based on the TNGA platform with a hybrid powertrain (1.8L 2ZR-FXE engine plus electric motor), and is available in 2WD and 4WD versions.
Starting with TRD, their “Aggressive Style” bodykit (above) includes large bumper extensions, intake surroundings and an additional fake grille between the headlights. On the profile, the 18 inch multi-spoke aluminium rims are a nice upgrade over the stock wheels, while there is also a larger side skirt, new door handle inserts and redesigned mirror caps. At the back, which is arguably the weakest part of the new Prius design-wise, there is a rear spoiler and a large bumper extension featuring a rear diffuser and centrally located dual exhaust pipes.
For those who are not big fans of extreme modifications, TRD also offers the more discreet “Aero Style” (below), with a more stylish and easier to swallow approach, while retaining the sporty look.
Owners can purchase the parts independently or in a complete package. Besides the visual treats for the exterior, TRD also offers a few interior touches (custom start button, sunshade, luggage box) and performance upgrades including motion control beams, updated exhaust and member brace set.
Modellista, known for offering visual modifications for most of the Toyota and Lexus models in Japan, presented their tuning package for Toyota Prius (below). The bodykit includes redesigned bumper extensions and side sills that make the car look lower while being compatible with Toyota’s design language. They also offer a variety of optional chrome details surrounding the headlights, the tailights and the air intakes, as well as fake wood inserts for parts of the interior.