2016 Toyota Prius to improve on the fuel efficiency and hybrid power
The Toyota Prius is getting a major upgrade to the fourth generation in 2016. Like the second generation Toyota Innova, the fourth generation Toyota Prius will be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. The car has already had its deb
ut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 itself.
The new Toyota Prius focuses on fuel economy and environment-friendly standards. The new Prius will be an improvement on its low CO2 emission successors. The car will be 4,540mm in length, and 1,760mm in breadth. The height of the car will be 1,470mm and the wheelbase, at 2,700mm, will be slightly smaller than that of the new Innova.
The laser screw welding, the advanced technology adhesives, and the cylindrical frame of the TNGA platform makes the car 60 percent more rigid than its immediate ancestor. The increased breadth lowers the center of gravity of the car. The suspension remains the old MacPherson, but powers the rear wheels. With the double wishbone setup, the new generation Toyota Prius will be stiffer and steadier than all of its predecessors.
The interiors don’t have much to offer. The doors are flimsier compared to the overall built of the car. The rear doors don’t get the cup holders
anymore. However, the comfort factor is maintained.
Coming to the engine, the new Toyota Prius will get a 1.8 liter Dual Over-Head Camshaft engine with four cylinders. The new petrol engine has been designed to deliver op to 40 percent thermal efficiency and 18 percent carbon dioxide emission improvement compared to the predecessor.
The Camry and the Prius are the only hybrid car options offered by Toyota. The current Prius is priced around INR 38,00,000. The upcoming Prius will be a Completely Built Unit like the current Prius Hybrid, and will therefore be priced around the same mark as the current model.
Another thing that is new on the new Prius, is the energy to cornering option. The electronic steering wheel with constantly variable transmission option keeps the ride handling simple, but for those used to the old Prius, it will take some time to adjust to the handling differences created due to the energy to cornering system.
The car will offer a mileage o
f about 21kmpl. The Prius Two Eco however, uses a Lithium Ion battery instead of the nickel metal hybrid and is therefore about 65lbs lighter than the nickel battery version and offers a higher fuel efficiency. Another reason for the reduced weight of the car is that the Li-Ion version does not come with a spare tire.
Talking about the safety features, Toyota has incorporated its Toyota Safety Sense Package to all variants of the new Prius as standard. The Prius Three and the Prius Four, both feature the Advanced Technology Package, which is missing on the Prius Two. The TSS package includes pre-collision alert, pedestrian alert, lane departure signal, and steering assist.
The 2016 Toyota Prius will be launched in the opening markets in January 2016 at around the $24,000 price mark for the base variant. The higher variants will cost around $30,000.