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Toyota Prius 2016, Price of New Prius, 2016 Toyota Prius

since 2000, and. As the model transitions into its fourth generation, though, Chevrolet is churning out its second-gen Volt plug-in hybrid and the wealthy continue to embrace the fully electric Tesla Model S. Toyota requires to keep the Prius stylish as well as the forefront of green buyers’ consciences.

Platform: A big component of Toyota’s plan, then, includes a cosmetic shot in the supply for the automobile we’ve long referred to as “tadpole-shaped.” Style has never ever been a suit that is strong the Prius, and its oddball looks never ever became endearing like those of, state, a Subaru. An aluminum independent rear suspension for 2016, the Prius may get a longer wheelbase, is expected to be slightly wider, transitions to Toyota’s new TNGA modular architecture, and gains. (The Prius currently uses a simpler twist beam in back.)

Between the spy photos shown here and our own intel, we’ve learned that the renderings published by the website that is taiwanese not have been completely correct. (Same goes for our rendering that is early. Those illustrations depicted a regular Prius hybrid with a mouthy front side fascia, slit-like headlights, and a tall, clipped tail; also included were drawings of what was claimed to end up being the uniquely styled Prius plug-in hybrid, which vaguely resembled Toyota’s odd-looking Mirai fuel-cell vehicle.

Once we now realize it, the appearance of the 2016 Prius as a whole falls somewhere better to that regarding the Mirai, minus that car’s hideous front air intakes, and thus the plug-in model won’t look vastly distinctive from the standard Prius. A number of its additional general length will be specialized in a stubby, pseudo decklid meant to fool onlookers into thinking the Prius is a sporty sedan. However, careful observers will note the automobile nevertheless has a wiper that is rear-window 's still, in fact, a hatchback. Toyota will black out the A- and B-pillars, together with swept side-window profile is decidedly more dapper than the daylight opening on today’s Prius.

The Prius will ape the Mirai’s big, triangular taillights that are LED but pinched, somewhat amorphously contoured LED headlamps and triangular LED running lights will be used on the car’s face. A lower consumption element shown on the prototype might be for show, as we hear the car’s front end will be very nearly entirely free of openings, save for a thin cooling slot immediately below the leading Toyota badge. Inside, the Prius will provide highly improved materials and a sizable Qi inductive wireless asking pad for compatible mobile devices, therefore the cabin will eschew today’s “cockpit” layout in support of an even more feel that is open.

Powertrain: there is back-and-forth that is much just what type of batteries the 2016 Prius might offer. We’ve learned that the plug-in version will utilize a lithium-ion pack as standard. Automotive News has previously stated that the base model shall carry on with nickel-metal-hydride batteries; it’s maybe not yet clear, but a Li-ion pack may be optional. Either way, the cells will power a motor that is electric augments a four-cylinder engine (likely displacing 1.8 liters) in driving the front wheels.