Set to arrive by 2015, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius is expected to be a evolution of the current model and will feature a slicker design as well as lighter materials. Moreover, the vehicle will feature tires with lower rolling resistance in order to improve its fuel efficiency. The current model came on the market back in 2009 and is rated by EPA at 51 mph in city driving and 48 mpg on the highway.
The new generation is expected to improve these numbers and according to Inside Line the Japanese manufacturer believes that the rolling resistance is a key element in improving the fuel efficiency.
As a result, it is already collaborating with tire manufacturers in order to achieve these improvements. Regarding the lighter materials, it appears that Toyota considered making the body of the second-generation Prius from aluminum but due to the fact that this material asks for high investments it abandoned the idea. Still the Prius V and Prius+ have an aluminum hood.
Almost 20 years before "disrupting" eventually became a wonderful thing to do, Toyota already did it to the car industry by releasing the world's first mass production electric/gasoline hybrid car, the Prius. After profiting from more than 3.5 million units sold internationally and helping the industry channel its energy to hybridization, the latest Toyota is launching another disruptor - the latest fourth-generation 2016 Prius liftback.
The latest variant of this global green idol puts the hybrid idea furthermore with a stunning design, with higher fuel economy ratings as expected, and better driving comfort. A different level of refinement and driving satisfaction will certainly delight the loyal Prius client and surprise those who are new to having one.
"Dramatic." "Innovative." "Emotional." Choose from this list of adjectives to describe the new style of the Prius. The shape may be common, but the latest Prius is lower, wider, and longer than its older brothers, to allow more space and give a more stable stance for handling agility. Aerodynamic goals were the basis of the shape to aid Prius to get an increase in fuel economy ratings compared to the previous model.
2016 Prius is expecting fuel economy ratings of 54 MPG city / 50 MPG highway / 52 MPG overall. That is better compared to any mass-produced passenger car offered with no electric capabilities. And like before, the Prius still uses regular-grade gas. A new Eco grade variant is anticipating ratings of 8 MPG city / 53 MPG highway / 56 MPG overall thanks to better optimized aerodynamics and lighter weight.