The fourth generation Toyota Prius will be officially unveiled in Las Vegas on September 8, the company’s spokesman Ryo Sakai has revealed to Bloomberg. However, Mr. Sakai did not tell when the production or sales of the new model will commence. It was initially expected to be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October.
The fourth generation Prius is being developed under the codename ‘690A’ and will be underpinned by the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. The new platform will bring more efficiency to the popular hybrid car that will undergo its first major update since 2009.
According to an earlier report, the design & styling will be inspired from the Mirai and the new plug-in hybrid variant, slated to be introduced a year after the hybrid model, will feature a more sportier front-end.
In the JC08 test cycle, as per the aforementioned report, the fourth generation Prius Hybrid will offer a fuel economy of 40 km/l. Meanwhile, the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid will offer a fuel economy of 70 km/l – a figure that would set a new benchmark for plug-in hybrid cars. The petrol engine’s output is rated at 104 hp and 147 Nm of torque. The electric motor generates 89 hp, and the hybrid powertrain in total sends out 145-150 hp. The car will have four driving modes: Normal, Power, Eco and EV.
[News Source: Bloomberg]
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