Being a hybrid vehicle, the 2016 Toyota Prius is a beneficiary of the government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) scheme.
November 23, 2016 – Toyota India has showcased the new Toyota Prius hybrid at an event in Delhi. First unveiled at this year’s Delhi Auto Expo, the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid comes with a host of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. Based on the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the saloon’s new model is more stable, lighter and safer than the current model. Toyota has also improved the fuel efficiency of the car by 25%.
With 60% more rigid chassis and lower centre of gravity, the 2016 Toyota Prius is claimed to offer better handling and comfort level to its occupants. Though the engine remains unchanged, it has been calibrated for achieving better performance and fuel efficiency. The suspension system, too, has been tuned. Now, the saloon comes fitted with a new front and a double wishbone rear suspension setup.
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In India, the new Prius might go on sale in early 2017 (possibly in January). Though, the company said that it will be launched in the first quarter of the next year.
|Minimum||Rs 38 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 40 lakh|
Being a hybrid vehicle, the new Toyota Prius is a beneficiary of the government’s FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) scheme that has helped the carmaker price it competitively. Since the saloon will be imported to India as a CBU unit, we expect it to be priced around Rs 38 lakh – Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – Upcoming Toyota Cars in India
|Engine||Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (1.8-litre VVT-i Petrol + Electric Motor)|
|Max Power||97bhp (petrol) + 71bhp (electric motor)|
Power for the new Prius comes from a Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system that comprises of a 1.8-litre, 3-cylinder VVT-i petrol engine and a new nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) hybrid battery. While the petrol mill is good enough for 97bhp and 142Nm of torque, the electric motor churns out 71bhp.
The hybrid power battery is now placed below the rear seats that improves the weight distribution of the car. Despite being smaller in size, the new battery is more durable and has better charging capacity. The auxiliary batteries are now shifted to the engine compartment.
The re-tuned naturally-aspirated engine of the new Prius is claimed to offer 25% improved fuel economy and 40% thermal efficiency. This mileage bump means that the saloon now able to give 40.8kmpl, which makes it one of the most fuel efficient cars in India. New Toyota Corolla Altis – India Launch Details & Pictures
Toyota uses high-tensile strength steel for the construction of the new Prius. The high-strength and lightweight hot-stamp components also help achieving rigidity of 980Mpa. The steel quality, too, has been improved from 3% to 19%. As far as dimensions go, the 2016 Prius measures 4,540mm in length, 1,760mm in width and 1,470mm in height. This makes it 60mm longer, 15mm wider and 20mm lower than the previous generation. The wheelbase of the saloon stands at 2,700mm that makes it more spacious than before.
With respect to safety, the new Toyota Prius comes loaded with lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision system, automatic high beam, etc. Furthermore, the advanced Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) helps to reduce its overall weight, enhance stability, and offer better collision safety performance.