People around the world are looking forward to the launch of the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius in their country. While waiting for its arrival, let us see what the brand revealed about the fourth generation Prius when it was presented in Las Vegas.
First of all, this hybrid breaks plenty of ground with its incredible style and its fun driving dynamics. The Prius has set the standards for the hybrid when it comes to environmental credentials.
This new model features a stylish, appealing design that goes with its fun-loving nature. The new Prius offers a pleasant, refined drive with its more rigid platform. It’s actually the first vehicle offered throughout the world to be built using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Pushing the envelope even further are its top-of-the-class low center of gravity as well as a new front and rear suspension.
The Prius’ chief engineer Kouji Toyoshima said that it offers so much more than being green. It comes with a new platform that has heightened its safety, handling, and driving pleasure. The chassis on the new model has a 60% higher rigidity.
It’s also more stable and comfortable due to the powertrain’s lower position and low center of gravity. Overall performance remains excellent even as it used smaller and lighter hybrid parts. All these contributed to making the Prius the best in the world, with a thermal efficiency of more than 40% and a significant improvement in fuel efficiency.
Furthermore, the new Prius has a rear double wishbone suspension and front suspension, providing a better road connection, and improved control as well as feedback in all types of driving situations.
Because of its more rigid chassis, driving past corners is easier because of its responsiveness. Occupants will be glad to know that in case of a collision, they’re protected with its high-strength framework and even more stiffened structure. Also, updates were done on all of its active safety systems.
The Toyota Safety Sense package is available on all of its models (depending on its market and grade). These include Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beam, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert. However, only Europe owners have access to Road Sign Assist.