Toyota is one of the major players in the automobile hybrid space having made a name for itself with the Prius globally. Known for its extremely frugal nature, Toyota has now pulled off curtains from its all-new 2016 Prius as the fourth generation Prius made an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show soon after its public debut at an event in Las Vegas, US earlier this month. The new Prius will be the first car to adopt Toyota’s New Global Architecture to be seen in other upcoming models as well.
The 2016 Toyota Prius is 2.4-inches longer, 0.6-inches wider, and 0.8-inches lower than the previous model. The company claims these new dimensions will offer more interior space and better boot space. The major technical aspects are still under wraps with the brand aiming for more efficient hybrid components along with high battery density and a new internal combustion engine as well. Also, the interiors are expected to be classier with use of good quality materials this time compared to the old model.
Toyota’s New Global Architecture uses the concept of lowering the center of gravity of the car in association with the newly designed rear double wishbone suspension that will enhance the driving dynamics and a stronger passenger compartment that is a value addition to the vehicle in terms of safety and drivability. The automaker has raised the safety bar with the 2016 Prius by implementing their new Toyota Safety Sense that has systems like the pedestrian detection system, lane departure warning and prevention and adaptive cruise control.
Toyota has used several aspects of its hydrogen-fueled Mirai car for designing the exterior of the new Prius. The most catchy element is its long taillight design that drops nearly to the ground and gives a futuristic look. The alloys are treated well with a unique black and white colour combination and the car looks more futuristic with sharper angles and character lines throughout the body. There are a new set of LED headlamps that don’t go unnoticed.
The fourth generation Toyota Prius model gets better fuel efficiency values up by 10% by using the energy made from burning fuel more precisely. A 1.8-litre petrol motor is believed to be in play here with the thermal efficiency increased by a healthy 40%. The fuel efficiency levels have improved to nearly 23.38 kmpl, compared to the old Prius that used to make 21.6 kmpl.