Toyota has taken the wraps off the fourth generation model of their bestselling hybrid car, the Prius. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the new car is more efficient than the outgoing third generation Prius.
The new Toyota Prius is going to evoke mixed feelings, not everyone is going to like the new face with slightly meek looks. Toyota says that the new car is easy on the eyes and is inspired by a runner on the starting grid.
The 2016 Prius is about 60mm longer, 15mm wider and sits 20mm lower than the current model. Toyota says that all of above with the new platform have improved the rigidity by 60 per cent, improving the driving dynamics, comfort and stability. The engine also sits lower in the compartment improving the fuel efficiency by 10 per cent and thermal efficiency by 40 per cent.
With the new dimensions the cabin is also larger than before, offering more space to the passengers. The dashboard layout of the previous model continues with a centrally located instrument cluster. The next-gen model gets new nickel metal hybrid battery that is smaller and takes lesser time to charge. The feature list now includes a new touchscreen music system and a multifunction steering wheel. Toyota has also added safety features like the automatic high beam, pre-collision system, lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control and road sign assist.
For the first time, Toyota seems to be giving lot of importance to the ‘fun-to-drive’ aspect. The new double wishbone front and rear suspension will supposedly improve handling characteristics to a huge extent. Toyota hasn’t revealed the engine specs of the new car, though there won’t be much change to the hybrid powertrain.
Toyota will launch the new 2016 Prius in India next year. The car should make official India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo followed by a launch via CBU route. The subsidy under the FAME initiative will be available on the Toyota Prius at the time of the launch.