New Prius debuts in Las Vegas

New Prius debuts in Las Vegas

Toyota has taken cues from its Hydrogen-power Mirai model for the new Prius, unveiled in Las Vegas this week.

The 2016 Prius is the first global vehicle to use Toyota’s New Global Architecture program (TNGA) – a modular chassis which will be used for multiple Toyota vehicles in the future.

It has a low centre of gravity, and a lower frontal profile – the same height as the 86 sports car, yet it is claimed to be more spacious, held by being 60mm longer overall and 15mm wider.

The battery is now under the rear seats, improving luggage space.

The model also features engine revisions to further improve efficiency – although details of the drivetrain are not yet confirmed.

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“Prius, our flagship hybrid will have its leadership position further reinforced when the new model arrives in 2016 with a new ‘world’s most thermally efficient’ engine and a redeveloped hybrid system targeting improvements in performance and economy,” says Spencer Morris Toyota New Zealand general manager of product.

The all new rigid body and rear double wishbone suspension, are expected to improve handling and responsiveness.

Inside, the cabin has a wrap around cockpit design.

The Toyota Safety Sense package has been added to the Prius which includes a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

More than 3.5 million Prius have been sold worldwide since it was first introduced in Japan in 1999.

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