Toyota company continues a tradition, this time Japanese automotive manufacturer unveils the new 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid. As the pioneer of hybrid revolution, Toyota Prius is still recognized as one of the most important vehicles in its niche, and one of the best-sold ones as well. It doesn’t seem so long ago when it was introduced to the markets, and compact hatchback had already flown through three generations as 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid will be the vanguard of the fourth generation.
It’s still hard to look past the reliable 1.8L Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine which will most likely be revamped in order to bring better fuel efficiency, but should return the similar output figures of 100 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the cooperation with permanent magnet AC synchronous motor, these figures will rise to some 135 horses.
The biggest question mark still hovers above the battery pack. Ni-MH batteries of a current model are outdated, but still more affordable. As Toyota plans to upgrade Prius’ fuel efficiency, it’ll most likely offer lithium –ion batteries, at least as an option.
2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid Redesign
Styling is also in doubt as Prius designers will strive to keep its overall shape, but will be limited to do so by a new platform layout. New platform will be lighter thanks to the use of aluminum and even carbon fibers, but new generation of Toyota’s might still become slightly bigger. Design-wise, 2016 Toyota Prius will get some new shapes and should be softer around the edges. It’ll get new lights, both up front and at the back, while both fascias will also be revamped.
Advanced Interior & Tech improvements
Inside, Toyota will almost certainly utilize new materials which should elevate Prius’ refinement to a new level. However, don’t expect anything flashy since hard plastics will continue to feature, even though their involvement might be reduced. SofTex-trimmed seats will remain the most refined option upholstery-wise, and heated front seats will be offered with top tier models.
All electronic connection features will be available across the lineup and these include Bluetooth, USB and two front 12V auxiliary power outlets for smart device connection and charging. 6.1-inch touch screen display will also be carried over with all the commodities which come with it, and top grades might get a standard 7-inch HD touch screen from now on.
Safety and Fuel Efficiency
Gauges will be vibrant and vivid as always and will reproduce hybrid-relevant info. Safety features consist of seven standard airbags and plenty more options which include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Optional list is also long enough as it includes a rearview camera which is standard in most of the models, lane-departure warning system and radar-based adaptive cruise control.
Fuel economy ratings should see a large bump as Toyota expects to see a 20 percent increase. Of course, this kind of improvement is unlikely even for the most fuel-efficient hybrid out there and even 10 percent rise will be a great success. As Prius currently returns estimates of around 50 mpg combined, 55 to 60 mpg combined should be the figures of 2016 Toyota Prius.
2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid Price and Release date
Prices will most likely see a small rise and Prius will cost between $25,000 and $31,000 if it remains with Ni-MH batteries, while Li-ion ones would raise them more dramatically. There are no official information about exactly release date, but according to some rumors, first debut of this car will be in early next year, at 2015 New York Auto Show.
2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid will be an improved version of the most fuel-efficient hybrid in the market and should come with entirely new sheetmetal and improved specs, while offered features should remain on the similar level.
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