Las Vegas welcomes launch of 2016 Toyota Prius, more details given

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2015

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.

Exterior Design

Slated to start selling in the Japanese market towards the end of this year, the new Prius has a remarkably angular but emotional design as the result of a low center of gravity and the use of the signature triangular shape that has long been associated with this nameplate.

Toyota lowered the roof by 20mm and shifted it forward while the engine hood was lowered. The brand made sure to do all of these without affecting interior space.

The model’s front is minimized because of its new headlamps, which contributes to defining its distinct character. It comes in as many as eight colors for the exterior, one of which is "Emotional Red" that uses a new treatment to reveal a deep, vibrant luster.

In comparison with the outgoing model, the new Prius is longer by 60mm, wider by 15mm, and lower by 20mm, giving more room for the occupants and the cargo while exuding an on-road presence that’s more planted. In addition, driving is more enjoyable with a totally new and much more responsive suspension system, both front and rear.

The front badge of this Prius is at the same height as the Toyota's 86 sports car – hinting of how advanced it has come with regards to optimizing the decrease in mass and height.

Press Release


The same vehicle that pioneered the hybrid category just disrupted the status quo again. The all-new, fourth-generation Prius starred in a spectacular evening production of music, food and special effects to celebrate an industry icon in a way that was anything but expected.

More than 350 journalists, social influencers and Toyota guests watched the all-new 2016 Prius elevate into the Las Vegas night sky. After almost twenty years of shaping the world view on alternative energy vehicles, and more than 3.5 million global sales, Prius is setting out to change the world again.

Today's consumers expect environmental credentials, and the new Prius delivers. Smaller, lighter hybrid system components, higher-energy density in the batteries, and an internal combustion engine touting ground-breaking thermal efficiency (more than forty percent), contribute to a significant advancement in fuel economy. With an expected ten percent improvement in EPA estimated MPG on core models, Prius will offer best-in-class fuel economy among vehicles without a plug. A soon-to-be unveiled Eco model will achieve an even greater improvement, strengthening Toyota's leadership in hybrid fuel efficiency.

But it's not just about MPG anymore. Today's customers want all the traditional benefits of a hybrid, but don't want to compromise on looks and performance. So Toyota upgraded the Prius inside and out to deliver the complete package - emotional styling, smarter technology and impressive MPG, in a vehicle that's more fun to drive than ever.

"Prius set the global benchmark for hybrids, but now is breaking its own boundaries with more engaging style and fun-to-drive dynamics," said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "What was once a rational purchase that for many customers focused on fuel economy, is now so much more. This Prius will invite new drivers into the category by delivering an impressive look and feel, built on the foundation of safety and eco- consciousness that define the vehicle's heritage."

Easy on the Eyes

The Prius' exterior has been completely reimagined. From the side, it is longer and sleeker with the overall outline evoking an athletic shape. Inspired by a runner in the starting blocks, the sporty design conveys a feeling of forward motion.

The hood is lower and the distinctive roof peak has been moved forward. Bold character lines run along the side from the front fenders – one just above the sill that sweeps up towards the rear fender, while the upper crease morphs into the rear spoiler, which has been lowered.

The use of new standard LED headlamps minimizes the Prius' front fascia and, at the same time, provides an arresting lighting display which helps define the vehicle's character. The unique and striking rear combination lamps express the distinctive lines of the Prius from the rear spoiler to the trailing edges of the sides.

A palette of seven exterior colors includes an all-new Toyota hue, "Hypersonic Red." This new color utilizes a newly developed treatment process, which results in a deep and vibrant luster highlighting the external forms.

Need a Hug?

The Prius' new, premium interior adopts advanced technology complemented by features that are functional, fun and have high visual impact. The wrap-around dash design, form-hugging seats, ease of controls and improved visibility put the driver in complete control.

Once inside, drivers will feel immediately comfortable and impressed by styling cues that are unique in the industry. The wide instrument panel, seamlessly designed to be both functional and beautiful, gives a sense of comfort and spaciousness. Available premium white ornamentation in the lower sections of the cabin is reminiscent of fine bone china.

Efficient Development from the Start

The 2016 Prius is the first global vehicle to implement Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA). TNGA aims to greatly improve core vehicle performance and enhance product appeal through an integrated development program for powertrain components and vehicle platforms. Development of vehicles is being grouped to promote strategic sharing of components with the goal of improving resource efficiency by better than twenty percent. Resources will be directed into developing advanced technologies, and most importantly even further strengthening product appeal.

A Fun-to-Drive Hybrid? A "Wish" Come True

Engineered from the ground up, the new Prius is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than the model it replaces, providing a planted on-road presence while delivering more occupant and cargo room.

Hallmarks of TNGA, a lower center of gravity and a more responsive suspension package, dial up the driving excitement. In fact, the height of the Prius' front badge is exactly the same as that of Scion's FR-S sports car – a remarkable achievement in height and mass reduction.

The all-new rear double wishbone suspension produces a better connection to the road, providing greater control and feedback in all driving conditions. A more rigid body helps improve responsiveness while cornering. From winding mountain roads to the wide boulevards downtown, the new Prius stays connected to the road, without sacrificing ride quality and occupant comfort.

Safety First

TNGA also provides a more rigid structural framework to help enhance occupant protection in the event of a collision. The high strength upper body is designed to distribute frontal collision impact energy. Plus, the Prius will be among the first U.S. models to offer Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a new multi-feature advanced safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking. TSS bundles cutting edge safety technologies including:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams

Available on the new Prius, Toyota aims to make Toyota Safety Sense available across nearly the entire vehicle lineup by the end of 2017.

Setting the Stage for the Future of Mobility

It started in 1992 with a vision for the future – mobility in harmony with society. Prius, which means "to go before" changed the way we move about the world, and changed the automotive industry forever. More than two decades and over 8 million Toyota hybrid sales later, the all-new, no compromises 2016 Prius stands side by side with its sibling, the hydrogen powered Mirai, poised to change the game yet again. The new Prius will arrive in dealerships early next year.

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