Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Toyota | posted September 09, 2015 19:27
'Prius takes a bold step forward', says Toyota
After the latest spy shot from last week, Toyota has officially unveiled the 2016 Prius in Las Vegas. The Japanese automaker says the all-new Prius will commence sales later this year.
Riding on the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), Toyota says the all-new Prius is 60% more rigid and has a lower center of gravity for better handling and stability. Toyota says another benefit of the TNGA platform is a 10% improvement in fuel economy while thermal efficiency has been improved by 40%. The 2016 Prius now comes with smaller nickel-metal hydride batters which, Toyota says, are more charge better and more durable.
As previously mentioned, the 2016 Prius features a Kammback profile, with the tail end of the car abruptly cut off for aerodynamics. The styling theme set by the Mirai has been applied for Toyota's all-new hybrid, featuring “boomerang” head lights and tail lights. The headlights have been swept upwards, almost reaching towards the front pillars, while the rear tail light blends into the character line on its side. The all-new Prius is now 60 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 20 mm lower than the previous model. The increase in exterior dimentions translates to a more spacious cabin and improved cargo space.
Inside, current Prius owners will find the center mounted intrument panel familiar. It also features a new infotainment system with a larger screen compared to its predecessor. It also gets a new three-spoke steering wheel and the shape of the air vents has been changed. Like the current generation Prius, it comes with a small gear lever.
The 2016 Prius gets a new front suspension and rear double wishbone suspension for better handling and ride comfort, as well as safety as a result of the new suspension set up. Speaking of safety, the Prius is available with lane departure alert, pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beam and the Europe-exclusive road sign assist.
According to Toyota, the all-new Prius will go on sale towards the end of the year in Japan.