The upcoming 2016 Toyota Prius has reached Belgium for European testing, reveals a spy shot clicked by AutoWeek reader R. de Jong.
The test mule is registered in Belgium, and the company’s European headquarters is located in Brussels. The European headquarters does have an involvement in R&D work of this car. The fourth generation Prius is being developed under codename ‘690A’ and is undergoing extensive testing in Thailand too.
An official announcement has not been made so far, but the all-new model will be based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. This platform is Toyota’s way of reducing development and manufacturing costs, just like Volkswagen Group does with the MQB platform. The new platform should bring more efficiency to the popular hybrid car.
The design & styling will be inspired from the Mirai and the plug-in hybrid variant will feature a distinctive front-end, reported a popular magazine, earlier this month. The updated Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain will comprise of a 104-hp 1.8-litre petrol engine (2ZR-FXZ) and a 90 PS (89 hp). In JC08 test-cycle, the JDM-spec standard and plug-in hybrid variant will offer a fuel economy of 40 km/l and 70 km/l respectively, said the magazine report.
The standard 2016 Prius is very likely to be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October and have market launch in Japan in December. The North American debut can be expected to happen at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November or at the most, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The European debut would probably happen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Reports suggest that the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid will arrive a year later, possibly in late 2016/early 2017 and go on sale as MY2017 model.
Know more about the 2016 Toyota Prius and 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid here.
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