A bunch of leaked images, along with some information could possibly point to the upcoming, all-new, 2016 Toyota Prius. Since its inception in 1997, the Prius is single handedly responsible for holding the “environmentally conscious car” flag steady, with its innovative hybrid propulsion system.
Codenamed as 690A, the fourth-generation Prius is long overdue. Originally planned for a 2014 launch, Toyota had to postpone 690A by an year to fine tune the new TNGA (TOYOTA New Global Architecture) modular platform and next-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive system. Now, according to the report, the fourth-generation model will début at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October and will offer a fuel economy of up to 40 km/l.
Two variants will be available, differentiated by stylistic alterations on the outside – a Prius Plug-In Hybrid (PHV), and a Prius Hybrid. Styling is thoroughly wacky, especially in case of the Hybrid variant, which borrows elements from the hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai.
According to the report, the third-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive system comprises of the familiar 1797 cc, VVT-i, DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a 90hp electric motor, which feeds from lithium-ion battery modules. The petrol engine is said to be retuned with electric water pump, cool exhaust gas recirculation system and exhaust heat recovery system to increase fuel efficiency and reduce engine warm-up time. Power is harnessed through a step-less automatic transmission (CVT). Combined output is reportedly rated at 140-150hp. The Prius PHV will feature a similar set-up but with higher capacity batteries, allowing it to traverse 50 km on electric power alone and return upto 70 km/l.
The Prius / Prius PHV will purportedly measure 4550mm long, 1770mm wide, along with a height of 1490mm and a wheelbase of 1490mm, making it larger than the outgoing generation. Vehicle weight is rumoured to be considerably lighter at 1280kg / 1350kg (Prius / Prius PHV).
Source : Autonet