The 2016 Toyota Prius produced an official 1st visual appearance this previous week-and with a new condition, far more finely in depth design information, and a heightened driving working experience, the fourth-generation Prius seems poised to remain relevant-and a leader in a few respects, in a market exactly where the Prius is not the eco-friendly car.
And that is possibly part of the drive in generating the Prius far more than a delicate evolution. Although the current era of the Prius has been the strongest-selling one at any time, U.S. gross sales have dropped off rather given that 2010, and with gasoline prices predicted to generally be minimal and a lot more opposition from vehicles with a plug-like the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Toyota Prius will have some challenges from all directions.
But it will, it appears, continue being the fuel economy champ amid vehicles with out a charging port. Toyota points to scaled-down, lighter core hybrid-system factors, as effectively as much more power density in the batteries. While the automaker hasn’t explained everything about the sizing of the inner combustion engine-or even verified that it’s a four-cylinder-Toyota notes that it is designed “ground-breaking thermal efficiency” gains of far more than 40 %.
In all, Toyota boasts that it is expecting a ten-percent advancement in EPA estimates around the outgoing model. With the latest model returning fifty one mpg city, forty eight highway, for an EPA Blended rating of 50 mpg, that is a sturdy trace that new Combined ratings for the upcoming Prius will land at 55 mpg, with city mileage scores maybe approaching 60 mpg.
There will even be an ‘Eco’ edition of the Prius, Toyota exposed; whilst it has not however reported what that variation will increase or omit.
The outgoing Prius is a somewhat comfortable-riding vehicle with a driving working experience that is woefully engaging. Toyota statements to get modified the expertise from the driver’s seat and injected a ton extra exhilaration into the Prius this time close to; with a new double-wishbone rear suspension arrangement, more rigid body construction, and with any luck , some rather distinctive tuning really should make the 2016 Prius a better-driving car.
The Prius moves to an all-new TNGA platform that Toyota is using to develop an overall new era of front-wheel-drive-based vehicles on, starting from the Prius and Yaris all the way as much as the Camry and Avalon-as very well as some crossovers.
It is also one of the first models to feature the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system, which takes advantage of pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, full-speed dynamic radar cruise command, and a lane departure notify system with steering support to help keep you in the lane when attention strays. Toyota has reported that it will develop this suite to the total model lineup by the end of 2017.
While the new 2016 Toyota Prius is only modestly larger than the outgoing model-2.4 inches for a longer time, 0.8 inches broader, and 0.8 inches lower-Toyota does declare that there is more passenger and cargo room. Seats are extra supportive as well, and even though the gauges are nevertheless at the center of the sprint, they look aimed a little extra towards the driver.