2016 Toyota Prius details emerge
Revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show last month, Toyota’s new generation Prius is gearing up for launch in the Japanese market followed by an US launch in December. Conceived on Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform, the new version of Prius isn’t just a cosmetically modified facelift, but it has been revised inside out including significant changes made to the hardware.
The outer semblance becomes more pompous all thanks to the enhanced dimensions making the Prius 60mm longer at 4540mm as against its predecessor. There has been no change in the wheelbase of the vehicle which means cabin size remains unchanged. However, luggage space has improved by 57 litres from 445 litres to 502 litres. A new set of head lights have been incorporated up front, the front bumper has been redesigned and the sides feature a blacked-out C pillar. Although interiors receive a couple of new features like a 4.2 inch digital instrument panel, colour heads-up (HUD) display and new air conditioning system altering the airflow amid seats showing a vital improvement in efficiency.
Under the hood of the 2016 Toyota Prius is a 1.8 litre, VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol mill along with a new electric motor and lithium-ion/nickel-metal batteries. Power and torque developed by the petrol motor is 98 PS at 5200 RPM along with 142 Nm at 3600 RPM. While the electric motor produces 53 KW and 163 Nm. Moreover, the gasoline engine can deliver 40 per cent increased fuel economy due to the exhaust gas recirculation. The claimed fuel efficiency figure for the new Prius hybrid is 2.5 litres for every 100 kms. On the price front, nothing has been revealed yet, but it is expected to be priced similar to the current model.