Toyota unveiled the redesigned, re-engineered 2016 Prius last night in Las Vegas. Though they didn’t release too many specifics, Toyota has said the 2016 Prius will be lighter, 10 percent more fuel efficient, and fun to drive. A Prius? Fun to drive? Toyota, we’re on planet Earth, where are you?
Drivetrain details and more specifications are expected prior to the Tokyo Auto Show in October. Toyota has also stated the new Prius “will offer best-in-class fuel economy in vehicles without a plug.”
The third generation (exiting stage left at the end of this year) has a 1.8 liter engine and is rates 51 mpg/city and 48 mpg/highway, and 50 combined. The increased fuel efficiency, Toyota said, comes from smaller and lighter components in the hybrid system, denser battery packs that hold more power, and a more efficient internal combustion engine.
“Prius set the global benchmark for hybrids, but now is breaking its own boundaries with more engaging style and fun-to-drive dynamics,” Toyota Division general manager Bill Fay said. “What was once a rational purchase that, for many customers, focused on fuel economy is now so much more.” Yep, so much more doofy looking than ever! Hah!
Here are some more details Toyota released last night:
- All-new modular platform (to also be used on future Corollas and Camrys)
- Lower center of gravity; 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider, and 0.8 inches lower than the third generation models
- All-new rear double suspension and more rigid body (improves ride and driving dynamics)
Toyota also plans on an ECO model with more efficiency than the base model. The 2016 Prius will also come with the optional Toyota Safety Sense System. The system adds pre-collision braking with pedestrian avoidance, lane departure warning, and radar cruise control.
The new Prius is expected to go on sale at the beginning of next year (2016). Pricing and fuel economy are also expected ahead of Tokyo in October.