The third generation of the Prius is now more than 6 years old so considering the pace of refreshing their models, Toyota should release a new generation by the end of 2015. As far as we know there are plans for a 2016 Toyota Prius but it won’t be such a massive upgrade over the previous generation in terms of styling or fuel consumption. In fact, the biggest change with the newer model is going to be the new modular platform which Toyota will also use on a few other models. This will allow them to further reduce manufacturing costs, meaning that the next Toyota Prius 2016 might cost even less than before.
Toyota Prius 2016 changes
Just as we previously said, its interior will be developed from the current small family hatchback style to a more premium one and even though the materials are still going to be mostly the same, both the layout as well as the design are going to give it an edge over the competition. For the first time in the new Toyota Prius 2016, we are going to see ventilated seats as well as a massive panoramic roof.
The outside of the 2016 Toyota Prius will also change but we just don’t know to what extent. Considering their latest cars as well as the Mirai we should expect a more aggressive Prius that will not only look good but it should also be quite functional as well. However, even though it is going to be inspired by the Mirai, the highly aggressive lines are going to be left out in order to get a slightly more conservative design.
2016 Toyota Prius specs
Under the hood of the new 2016 Toyota Prius we are going to see the same 1.8-liter naturally aspirated inline 4 engine as before but thanks to a new type of cylinders lining, the Prius will use around 5% less fuel. When you combine that save with the 6 to 9% fuel saving from the smaller and more efficient electric motor and most likely a new set of batteries, the lithium ion equipped model should easily hit 60 MPG on average which would be a first for a gasoline powered car. There is also going to be a less expensive model which will use nickel-metal batteries and this is expected to hit 55 MPG on average which is still pretty good. The performance from the 135 horsepower powertrain won’t be stellar but it should be more than enough for a city or a short commuting car.
2016 Toyota Prius price and release date
While the Toyota Prius 2016 platform will change, the engine won’t, but more on that later. The most changes are likely to be on the interior which will not only grow in size but it will also offer a bit more equipment as well as a few extras which were previously unavailable. The price is likely to dip bellow the $23,000 mark which for a hybrid model like the Prius is something amazing. The 2016 Toyota Prius should come to the Toyota dealerships worldwide till the end of 2015.