Next-generation Toyota Prius delayed again, this time due to design issues

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2014

Back in June, we reported that the fourth-generation Toyota Prius will be delayed by 6 months as the Japanese producer needed more time to tweak the vehicle in order to be sure that it delivers the maximum fuel economy. Now, the next-generation Prius is facing another problem as the vehicle’s design needs to be more impressive and must be refined.

According to a Toyota insider, the exterior will be clearly different when compared with the current model and the carmakers wants a design that feels like a “fresh breeze”. In addition, the new Prius will receive a sporty look as it targets young buyers and wants to appeal to a wider audience.

What’s more interesting is that the vehicle that is most closely previewing the new Prius is the C-HR Concept shown back in October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The C-HR Concept features a so-called diamond architecture and comes with muscular wheel arches, an aggressively-designed grille and tapered glasshouse.

The new platform used by the next-gen Prius will also offer more flexibility in designing the interior, which means more space for the passengers.

According to Toshihiro Kasai, the next-gen Prius will not feature a design inspired by the brand new Mirai, company’s fuel cell vehicle.

What we also know is that the new Prius will debut new microchips and microcontrollers that were tested in the TS040 Hybrid Le Mans race car and will be available with both nickel-metal hybride as well as lithium-ion batteries. As an option, Toyota is also expected to offer an all-wheel drive system.

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