The spy photos and a couple of exclusive shots of the new 2016 Toyota Prius were spot on when they hit the web. Earlier at Sept, 8, 2015 Toyota went ahead and unveiled the fourth-generation Toyota Prius to the world under the bright neon lights of Las Vegas. Not only is the Toyota Prius marginally more fuel efficient (by ten percent according to the press release) it’s supposedly more fun to drive, safer and has the looks to boot.
Toyota calls the new looks of the Prius, “Easy on the eyes.” So far reactions to the new looks have been praiseworthy to down right vitriol. People do seem to forget that the Prius never really was pretty to begin with, and that’s sortof the whole point. Function takes a priority over form so aerodynamics played a large role on what the Prius looks like now.
- All-new modular platform (to also be used on future Corollas and Camrys)
- Lower Center of Gravity ; 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider, and 0.8 inches lower than the third generation models
- All-new rear double suspension and more rigid body (improves ride and driving dynamics)
- Toyota also plans on an ECO model with more efficiency than the base model. The 2016 Prius will also come with the optional Safety Sense System. The System adds pre-collision braking with pedestrian avoidance, lane departure warning, and radar cruise control.
- The new Prius is expected to go on sale at the beginning of next year (2016). Pricing and fuel economy are also expected ahead of Tokyo in October.
The Prius, thanks to the new platform architecture, is the first of the company’s models to benefit from this safety tech package that Toyota says will spread throughout most of its lineup by the end of 2017. And what about that sharp new red paint? Toyota calls it “Hypersonic Red”. This is what you get when you ask Toyota to hot up the Prius.
We should know more about the Prius at upcoming auto shows and the LA Auto Show in November. Expect to start seeing the 2016 Prius on sale in at least some markets around the start of 2016.
“Prius set the global benchmark for hybrids, but now is breaking its own boundaries with more engaging style and fun-to-drive dynamics,” Toyota Division General Manager Bill Fy said. “What was once a rational purchases that, for many customers, focused on fuel economy is now so much more.” Yep , so much more doofy looking than ever! Hah!.