The third generation Toyota Prius arrived in 2009. Six years hence, the popular hybrid mid-size car is set to move to its fourth generation. The all-new model is being developed under the codename ‘Toyota 690A’. Here are the 5 significant details we know about the 2016 Toyota Prius:
The next-gen Prius will be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, put simply, Toyota’s modular platform similar to the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. The all-new Prius will be the first model to be based on this flexible platform that is expected to underpin approximately half its globally sold vehicles by 2020.
The third generation Prius didn’t see a major redesign and this has often been criticised by many. However, the fourth generation model’s will be entirely new and a leap forward in terms of styling, although early spyshots suggest that it could polarizing. There will be some inspiration coming from the Mirai FCV.
3. Dimensions and weight
The 2016 Prius will be 4,550 mm long, 1,770 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall. The wheelbase will be marked at 2,700 mm. While the height and wheelbase remain unchanged, the length and width increase by 70 mm and 25 mm respectively. However, larger body won’t lead to increase in weight. Instead, with a weight of 1,280 kg, the all-new model will be lighter, credited largely to the TNGA platform.
4. Powertrain and transmission
The hybrid powertrain will comprise a 105 PS (104 hp) 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder petrol engine and a 90 PS (89 hp) electric motor. The combined output will be rated around 145-150 PS (143-148 hp). Power will be sent to the front wheels via an eCVT (electronic Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox. This combination will offer a fuel economy of 40 km/l (JC08 cycle) on the JDM-spec model.
5. Sales and production
Bloomberg says that the sixth generation Toyota Prius will be unveiled on 8 September in Las Vegas in USA. Its sales is likely to commence in H1 2016 in North American and European markets. Both North American- and Euro-spec 2016 Prius will be made in Japan.