2016 Toyota Prius to launch in India next year – Report

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Fuel efficiency improved by 18 percent.

According to a report on the Economic Times, the 2016 Toyota Prius will have its market introduction in India next year. The fourth generation of the popular hybrid had its public premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year, and builds upon its predecessor with lower CO2 emissions and higher fuel economy.

2016 Toyota Prius front fascia at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
The 2016 Prius is based on the TNGA platform, and is 60 percent more rigid than the outgoing model.

Based on the all-new TNGA platform, the 2016 Prius measures 4,540 mm in length, 1,760 mm in width, 1,470 mm in height and 2,700 mm in wheelbase, and features a 502 liter trunk. Toyota claims 60 percent better rigidity thanks to strong adhesives, laser screw welding, and a cylindrical frame.

On the powertrain front, the 2016 Prius gets a 1.8-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine which develops 97 bhp at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. It is assisted by an electric motor, which sources power from a new nickel metal hydride battery, and contributes a further 71 bhp.

2016 Toyota Prius dashboard interior at IAA 2015
The petrol engine of the new Prius has a thermal efficiency of 40 percent, the highest ever for a petrol car.

According to Toyota, the petrol engine now delivers 40 percent thermal efficiency, which is comparable to a diesel motor, and fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions have seen improvements of 18 percent over the previous generation mode.

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The Prius is currently imported into India through the CBU route, and is priced between INR 38.1-39.8 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi. The new model is expected to be priced along these lines. The Prius is one of two Hybrid models sold by Toyota in India, the other being the Camry Hybrid.

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[Source – ET]

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