Toyota is finalizing plans to release a new generation of the Toyota Prius which will go by the name “The 2016 Toyota Prius’. This 2016 Toyota Prius will be the first model to be developed on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
Other future Toyota designs will adopt this platform which is aimed at reducing development costs by up to 20%. This platform utilizes high-strength steel which helps reduce overall weight of vehicles as well as improve their handling.
Toyota Prius 2016 Exterior
The 2016 Toyota Prius exterior will have five doors. The front fascia features a new bumper and enlarged air inlets integrated with a fine small grille with the Toyota logo in the middle. The headlights are hooked with LED lights which produce wave-like illumination. The rear features a large bumper integrated with LED taillights.
The spoiler has been modified and has features a signaling light. A modern touch has been added to the side skirts as well. The vehicle will run on stunningly new 17-inch light alloy wheels.
2016 Toyota Prius Interior
From the spy shots we have in our possession, we can tell the interior of the 2016 Prius will carry all necessary modern accessories. The Prius cabin will accommodate five passengers on its comfortable seats. The seats are covered with quality materials and are adjustable electronically. However, we don’t have information whether the seats will be heated or not. The central console has been modified to feature a stylish look and modern features.
The location of the control panel has been relocated to the middle at the top instead in front of the driver as is the norm with many models. This panel contains a touch screen display that shows important information of the vehicle. The steering wheels spots an aluminum and chrome finish and contains some control buttons. Behind the wheel is a rounded speedometer illuminated with blue lighting.
It also comes with solar cells on the roof that extract heat from the cabin under hot conditions. This means the cabin is always chilled no matter the temperatures outside.
Engine, Specs and Performance
The Prius hybrid model will be equipped with a gasoline engine and an electric motor. The petrol engine will be a 1.8 L engine. The electric motor will be run on the Toyota Hybrid Energy Drive system which reduces harmful emissions and improves fuel economy. The new engine will have an improved fuel efficiency of 10% compared with the current model.
The manufacturer will also replace Nickel-metal batteries with a new lithium-ion battery that will increase the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Power will be transmitted to all wheels. Expect the new engine to improve on the EPA rating of 55 mpg on the current model. It will also improve its carbon emission from the current 178 g/mile. The vehicle will have an acceleration of 0-60 mph in about 10 seconds.
Price and release date
Our sources say that the auto maker is set to debut the 2016 Toyota Prius on September 8th. Sales will commence in December. There is no official communication from the auto maker regarding the new Prius price. We however believe it will cost around $ 25,000.