At this point, the powertrain details are still a mystery, but extensive revisions have resulted in a more efficient hybrid drivetrain. Toyota pegs the improvements at a ten percent increase in efficiency, which means we can estimate a 55-mpg combined rating. Toyota plans on offering an even more fuel-efficient Eco model later in the model’s run, which could have an upgraded battery pack. A separate plug-in hybrid model will come at a later date. Other reports suggest that the new Prius will use lighter, more energy-dense lithium-ion batteries instead of the current car’s nickel-metal hydride cells.
The 2016 Toyota Prius is 0.8 inch lower than before, although its width increases by 0.6 inch and its overall length increases by 2.4 inches. As a result, Toyota claims the new Prius will have more interior space and improved cargo room. Due to the new TNGA bones, Toyota also claims the new Prius is more engaging to drive. A new double-wishbone rear suspension and the increase rigidity of the TNGA platform are said to improve ride comfort and make the new Prius more responsive, hopefully eliminating the floaty and disconnected driving feel of previous models. Toyota even claims the Prius’s lower stance means that its front badge as at the same height as that of the Scion FR-S.
The 2016 Toyota Prius offers the Toyota Safety Sense package of driver-assist and safety systems, including a pre-collision system, lane departure alert and steering assist, radar cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Look for more information on the 2016 Toyota Prius later this year, with sales of the new hybrid beginning early in 2016.