2016 Toyota Prius specs revealed
Source : 2016 Toyota Prius specs revealed
Efficiency gains of 18% promises for fourth generation of hybrid; longer than old type, having a larger boot
The brand new Toyota Prius will bring gains in fuel efficiency in addition to also CO2 emissions of around 18%, the Japanese firm has confirmed ahead of the Tokyo motor show.
Toyota will be adopting styling cues coming from the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle for the latest generation of its hybrid, which made its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show. today the company has released more technical details inside build-up to the vehicle’s debut in its home market, where Toyota hybrids regularly fill two of the top three positions on the sales charts.
The powertrain will be an updated type of the existing combination of a 1.8-litre petrol engine in addition to also an electric motor, featuring a more compact nickel-metal hybride battery pack of which’s quicker to charge. The combustion engine produces of 97bhp in addition to also 105lb ft, while the electric motor brings 71bhp. Toyota also says This specific has revised the Prius’s regenerative braking system, introducing a brand new active hydraulic booster of which’s designed to be quieter in addition to also give a more natural feel to the brake pedal.
Toyota hasn’t issued any definitive CO2 emissions or fuel economy figures – This specific says EU NEDC numbers will be released at a later date – although This specific has revealed of which This specific Prius will bring efficiency gains of 18% over its predecessor. of which’s the biggest jump between generations in Prius history, in addition to also could give the vehicle CO2 emissions in addition to also combined fuel economy of 73g/km in addition to also 85mpg.
The brand new Prius will be 4540mm long – an increase of 60mm over the outgoing type – in addition to also has the same wheelbase of 2700mm. The more compact powertrain has allowed the auxiliary batteries to be moved to the engine bay in addition to also the hybrid batteries to be relocated to below the rear seats. These measures in addition to also the slightly longer rear overhang give the brand new Prius increased boot capacity, up coming from 445 litres to 502 litres.
The construction of the fourth generation of the Prius marks a significant step for Toyota. This specific will be the first type to be developed on the firm’s Toyota brand new Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, a modular set of components designed to offer quicker development of brand new types as well as cost savings in addition to also increased margins across the product line-up.
The brand new platform brings a more sophisticated chassis than of which of the outgoing Prius. Double wishbone rear suspension replaces the current torsion beam format, accompanying a revised MacPherson set-up at the front. Toyota says the brand new platform helps to lower the centre of gravity in addition to also of which This specific will give the Prius “increased handling response in addition to also agility”. This specific also brings gains in rigidity; the brand new Prius brings an increase of more than 60% in Centeng rigidity, Toyota claims.
The TNGA will play a key part in Toyota’s future product plans. The firm has previously stated of which up to 50% of its global product line-up will eventually switch to the brand new architecture in addition to also of which This specific will offer gains in Centeng rigidity of between 30% in addition to also 65%.
The front of the Prius gets more dramatic headlights in addition to also complex surfacing on the bumper, while the side profile will be helped by a blacked-out C-pillar of which’s designed to create a ‘floating roof’. The rear has clear cues coming from the Mirai, including the deep crease above the back wheels, tall tail-lights in addition to also a spoiler integrated into the hatchback glass.
The cabin gets a dual 4.2-inch digital instrument panel, a colour head-up display in addition to also a redesigned air-conditioning system of which knows which seats are occupied in addition to also adjusts its airflow accordingly for maximum efficiency.
The brand new Prius will be due on sale early next year. Prices are likely to stay broadly in line with the current car’s, having a starting figure of around £22,000.
Comment – Why the brand new Prius matters
Toyota may make great claims about the high percentage of Auris hybrids inside overall sales mix in addition to also the enthusiastic response to the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, although the Prius will be likely to remain the flag-bearer for the company’s hybrid powertrains for some time to come.
So successful has the type been of which for many people, Prius will be hybrid.
Don’t expect a revolution inside powertrain technology of which underpins the brand new car — although even modest gains should be enough for the Prius to trump the NEDC efficiency test in addition to also get under the magic 80g/km CO2 mark.
The chassis will be the most interesting bit. Everything coming from Avensis to Auris in addition to also lots in between will use the TNGA platform inside years ahead, so the Prius will give us our first look at how Toyota’s vision of a global platform compares with the VW Group’s complex (in addition to also expensive) MQB.
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