The 2016 Toyota Prius is right here
The spy photographs have been proper. The teaser pictures we noticed of the brand new, fourth-gen Toyota Prius appropriately previewed the mannequin that was unveiled in Las Vegas tonight. Regardless of the overwhelmingly unfavorable reactions from our readers, Toyota says the brand new search for the world’s greatest-promoting hybrid has a “putting exterior design” and is “straightforward on the eyes.” To every their very own.
When Toyota confirmed off the hydrogen-powered Mirai, it stated that the design was meant to evoke, “the flowing form of a droplet of water to precise the car’s attribute of drawing in air and emitting water.” Toyota says the brand new Prius is a “sibling” to the Mirai, and the design declare is that the automotive was “Impressed by a runner within the beginning blocks,” and that, “the sporty design conveys a sense of ahead movement.” Regardless of the inspiration, the 2 automobiles look comparable.
The brand new Prius is a bit greater than the outgoing, third-gen model: 2.four inches longer, zero.6 inches wider, and zero.eight inches decrease, to be actual. That is the worldwide car constructed on Toyota’s New International Structure (TNGA). Toyota claims the brand new platform provides the Prius a decrease middle of gravity which, when mixed with the brand new, responsive suspension package deal, will, “dial up the driving pleasure.”
Inside we see the identical middle-mounted sprint format from earlier Priuses. The shiny white plastic surrounding the gear selector is a bit harking back to the primary-gen Chevy Volt, too. General, we just like the clear, uncluttered format. The outside will are available seven colours, together with the brand new Hypersonic Purple.
Sadly, Toyota is not giving us specifics of the powertrain or gasoline financial system of the brand new Prius. Fortuitously, the corporate is making the beforehand rumored 10-% miles per gallon enchancment over the third-gen mannequin official. Because the present Prius will get fifty one mpg metropolis, forty eight freeway and 50 mixed, we will sit up for one thing like fifty six/fifty three/fifty five metropolis/freeway/mixed gasoline financial system for the brand new Prius. Much more thrilling for hypermilers, an out there Eco trim “will obtain a good higher enchancment.” Anybody need to guess if the Eco Prius will hit 60 mpg within the metropolis?