The Prius is a love-hate type of car because the people who own it actually enjoy it and think it is actually a reasonably good car while most of the other people think it just doesn’t have what it takes to be a good car. Fortunately though Toyota is constantly improving it and even though it is the same basic design since 1999, the 2016 Toyota Prius is actually a very good one that will please many with its improvements and changes.
Firstly, the 2016 Toyota Prius has been confirmed to exist by Toyota through a few spy shots that show a similar car in design to the old one. It will retain the same basic shape but with changes made to all the panels on the car in order to improve its aerodynamics and also to make it look a bit better in order to appeal to the younger generation. Since the looks of the Prius were the biggest problem we are sure that Toyota will work hard on improving in this segment.
2016 Toyota Prius Release Date
There aren’t many details about this new model but so far Toyota said that it might get a brand new power-train, a different battery pack and newer interior options. Price for all of these will remain mostly the same, at slightly above $24,000 for a base model. This is the price before any tax refunds and incentives that you can get if you decide to buy this model. The concept will be released sometime next year while the actual car will be available for sale starting with the end of 2015.
2016 Toyota Prius
Interior wise, the new Prius will ditch the old styling scheme with the dashboard oriented to the driver and the big chunk of plastic between the front seats. Instead it will opt for a more conservative look, with clear dials and nicely laid out instruments in order for those to be easier to use. Also, instead of the inefficient plastic there will be a soft arm-rest and a small space where you’ll be able to deposit your belongings.
Toyota Prius Side
As we said at the start of this article, it will also receive a new styling but we don’t have any official pictures just yet. We could expect though to be more aggressive with a brand new front and rear bumper as well as new side skirts that will really make it unique. Goal of Toyota with these changes is to push the elegance and aerodynamics to the next level.
Review Of 2016 Toyota Prius
Engine wise, the 2016 Toyota Prius is going to feature a brand new lithium-ion battery pack. This means that the all-electric range will increase by quite a big margin and the fuel consumption will also improve a bit. There are no official reports about new powertrain but we do have few rumors and reports that we will share.
2016 Toyota Prius Interior
Also, the 1.8 liter petrol engine might get changed for a smaller 1.5 liter turbo engine with around the same power level but with higher fuel efficiency. This would mean that the small drivetrain will have a power of around 140 to 150 horsepower but a better fuel consumption by around 10% which is quite nice considering the already good fuel consumption of the ongoing model. As a result 55 mpg could be achieved and these are realistic expectations since previous generation offered 45 mpg and the current one comes with 50 mpg which is about 10 percent improvements which is expected again.