2016 Toyota Prius Specs & Price
After being revealed officially in Las Vegas a month back, the automaker has now launched the 2016 Toyota Prius at the Tokyo Motor Show on 28th October 2015.
The 2016 Prius is equipped with 1.8L petrol engine assisted by an electric motor equipped with a new nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is more compact and requires less time to recharge. It can generate up to 168 bhp and 105 lb-ft of torque, out of which 97 bhp is created from the gasoline engine, while the rest comes from the electric motor.
The fuel economy rating has not been announced officially, but Toyota claims that it will extend a 10% increased fuel efficiency compared to the previous models that can add up to an EPA combined average of 55 mpg.
In terms of size, the new Prius is much larger than the outgoing model with a length of 4,540mm. The wheelbase measures the same as 2,700mm. The boot capacity has been increased too by 57mm thanks to the more compact powertrain.
The 2016 Prius is the first Toyota vehicle to use the New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which will improve the car’s handling and performance. This new platform offers an upgraded chassis. The rear suspension system is now Double wishbone as opposed to the torsion beam used in the previous. Moreover, the body rigidity is up by 60% percent now. The company plans to incorporate the new architecture in more than 50% of its production line.
Talking about the exterior, the new Prius gets a distinct pair of LED headlamps accompanied by an aggressive front bumper. We can say it is pretty similar to the 2016 Mirai. On the inside, the front panel renders a 4.2 inch display screen and some of the most advanced safety features such as Pre-Collision System, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert and also the new Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).
Toyota has announced that the 2016 Prius will arrive at the dealerships in Japan by the end of this year and will follow shortly for the US markets. The pricing details have not been revealed yet, but we can expect it to cost around $25,000.