Toyota planning to introduce Next Gen Prius soon
According to some media reports in the US, Japanese automotive giant Toyota is planning to unveil its ambitious 2016 Toyota Prius very soon. Jim Lentz, who is the CEO of the company for North America, recently had talks with the media in New York where he discussed about this much anticipated car from Toyota. Jim did not disclose the exact date of launch of Prius 2016. He said that the last two models of Prius had life cycles of 6 years each. The current model of Prius was launched in the year 2009 which means that a new version is going to be launched soon.
There are rumors in the media that the next gen model of Prius will be either unveiled during the Los Angeles or the Tokyo Motor Shows. Both these events are slated to be held in November this year. Lentz said that he had himself driven this new model of Prius and he found it to be an amazing driving experience. He added that the new Toyota Prius is certainly better looking and better performing than the earlier two models. Center of gravity of the 2016 Prius has been kept lower to give a better handling experience to the user. There are speculations that some design aspects of the new Prius would be inspired by the concept car Toyota C-HR that was on display during the Paris Motor Show.
2016 Toyota Prius would be the first car from the company to showcase the revolutionary TNGA platform that has evolved to achieve an improved economy scale at a global level. It is believed that this platform called Toyota New Global Architecture will help the company to achieve a new high in cost savings. Toyota plans to apply this architecture to all its future cars.
In terms of powertrain, the new 2016 Toyota Prius would be a path breaking car. In earlier models, only 30% of the energy produced by burning of fuel could be transferred to the wheels but this car would touch 40% with the help of its improved and more powerful engine.
Toyotas Prius 2016 is at present undergoing test runs and trails all over the world. Toyota wants to take no chances with its very ambitious new car and it also indicates that the new hybrid car is all set for unveiling in the near future. Last month, one of these cars that were heavily camouflaged was spotted by an individual at a gas station in North America and he made a video that was leaked on internet. Another such car was seen running on the streets of Thailand earlier this week.
2016 Toyota Prius seems to have been delayed as there are reports that the company was not totally satisfied with the looks of the car. This is the reason why it has been sent back to the studio and designers asked to make it look sportier. Production of 2016 Toyota Prius is all set to begin in December 2015 in Japan. There are some reports that say that Toyota is planning to introduce wireless charging with this new model.
Source – Freep.com