The Toyota Prius has quite an interesting history. The first generation of the model started back in 1997 and, since then, more than 3 million cars were sold worldwide. It was designed and marketed by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and became the first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car. This vehicle really justifies its name, considering the fact that Prius means literally “ahead of its time”. The second generation was introduced in 2003 and lasted until 2009. Toyota debuted the third generation Prius in 2009 at the January North American International Auto Show and decided to reduce the price from $19,500 to $17,000 in order to have a better chance competing with the Honda Insight. In 2011, Consumer Reports decided to test a 2002 Prius that traveled 200,000 miles, and then compared it to a 2011 Prius in order to test the battery efficiency. The conclusion – there was virtually no degradation of the battery. This popular green-oriented vehicle is sold in more than 70 countries worldwide and is continuing to impress the public with its fourth-generation improvements. As announced by the Toyota Managing Officer in 2013, the fourth generation Prius is scheduled to be released by December 2015 and it will be called – 2016 Toyota Prius.
2016 Toyota Prius Exterior and Interior
Exterior wise, it’s obvious that the new Prius has a more aggressive feel than its predecessor. It is also a little bit longer and sportier, but this increase in length doesn’t make the cabin notably larger than before. Toyota engineers made sure this version is more efficient by placing active grille shutters. The roof pillars are blacked out, making the body-color roof panel look as it is floating. Inside the cabin, there is a dual 4.2 inch digital instrument panel and an air-conditioning system that saves energy by recognizing which seats are occupied.
Toyota Prius 2016 Engine
The all new 2016 Toyota Prius is the first vehicle built on the company’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which will also underpin various Lexus and other Toyota models. The primary goal of implementing TNGA is reducing resources required for development by around 20 percent and also, consumers will be able to get their hands on higher-quality cars that will satisfy their needs better than ever. The use of this platform will also cut down the cost of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The new Prius features 1.8 liter four-cylinder petrol engine capable of delivering 97 bhp with 105 Ib ft of torque paired with an electric motor, featuring a nickel-metal hybrid battery that brings 71 bhp. Fuel efficiency is improved, compared to the previous model, from 50 mpg to 55 mpg combined. Air-intake ports and coolant passages are redesigned, plus, in order to warm up engine coolant faster, some exhaust heat will be used to do so. This will boost up thermal efficiency to 40 percent.
Pricing of 2016 Toyota Prius
The new 2016 Toyota Prius is scheduled for sale sometimes in 2016. The time is nearly up, but the prices are not yet fully confirmed. However, it is safe to estimate that the new model will start form around $22,000 for the base model, keeping this bestselling hybrid accessible for a wide range of customers.