The first images and details with the all-new Toyota Prius have been released by the Japanese based automaker.
Toyota has decided not to wait for the 2015th edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show in order to pull the wraps off the 2016 Prius but it has done it over the web. The fourth generation of the popular vehicle is getting a completely new design for its exterior and it has some influences from the Mirai, using the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) and bringing a lot of improvements compared to its predecessor.
The chassis of the car is now 60 percent more rigid and the lower center of gravity has increased the model’s stability and comfort. This is also helped by the lower placement of the engine, as the carmaker is saying. The hardware of the new-gen Toyota Prius hasn’t been detailed at this point but the company is stating that the fuel economy will be improved by 10 percent and there is also a 40 percent increase in thermal efficiency.
The 2016 Toyota Prius is now 60 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 20 mm lower than the previous generation and this is basically translating into a more spacious cabin for the passengers and more space in the trunk. The vehicle is coming with a choice of seven colors, a new front suspension, a rear double wishbone suspension, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision system, automatic high beam, road sign assist (exclusive to Europe), a center-mounted dash, a large infotainment system, a new 3-spoke steering wheel, a small gear lever, different air vents and so on. The new generation of the Toyota Prius will be offered for sale close to the end of 2015 and it will become available first in Japan.