When the 2016 Toyota Prius hits the auto markets sometime at the end of the year the vehicle will resemble the current Prius model with a few additional touches in terms of exterior and interior design making it at once fuel efficient and eco-friendly continuing the worthy legacy of the most popular of the Toyota hybrid cars.
Exterior and Interior
The 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to utilize the Toyota New Global Architecture, meaning it will share lots of part with other Toyota models making it easier and cheaper to fix if necessary.
The model will also have a lower center of gravity and will be somewhat more conservative-looking than what we have been accustomed to expect from the Prius family, which is not necessarily bad. Apparently, Prius cars have been known to push the envelope in terms of design turning off a lot of more conventionally minded customers.
The vehicle will have a redesigned, more prominent grille and a tapered roof to help with the aerodynamics. At the rear, it will sport a high, truncated tail. Plus, it will be sitting on the 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, it doesnt seem much likely that the new Prius will be a huge leap from the current model with its comfortable cabin, nicely positioned touch screen and the dashboard built to sit directly in front of the driver instead nearer the windshield, as seen in many contemporary models. The seats and the door panels will be provided with dark chrome accents adding a touch of dash.
The standard Toyota high tech and safety features are bound to find their way into this car, including the remote control air-conditioning and also airbags, anti-lock brakes, rear-view camera, departure warning system and radar-based adaptive cruise control.
2016 Toyota Prius Powertrain
The 2016 Toyota Prius will be outfitted with 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, which will generate 100 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be coupled to nickel-metal hydride battery pack while the top of the range models may expect to have a litium-ion battery on offer.
As for fuel efficiency, Toyota is looking to see a huge increase. Rumor has it as big as 20 percent, which is near surreal. However, even half of that would be a tremendous edge over the competitive models.
The Prius current figures are around 50 mpg combined, which means 55 to 60 mpg combined should be the target figures of 2016 Toyota Prius.
Release Date and Price
The 2016 Toyota Prius will probably be available at the dealerships as of the fall of 2015. The pricing will begin from roughly $37,000 for the base level model.