To launch within the next few months, as a 2016 model.
An industry source has told Green Car Reports that the next generation Toyota Prius will be capable of doing 48.2-56.3 km on pure electricity. If the numbers turn out to be true, this will be a huge step up over the outgoing model's pure-electric range of just 17.7 km.
The 2016 Toyota Prius PHEV will, reportedly, measure 4,550 mm long, 1,770 mm wide and 1,490 mm high. Purported images of the Prius have revealed a distinctive design that gives a fresh new face for the model. Based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), the new Prius is reported to have lost 30 kg in overall weight, with a kerb weight of only 1,280 kg for the Hybrid and 1,350 kg for the PHEV.
According to reports, both Prius Hybrid and PHEV will source power from an improved Hybrid Synergy Drive, which combines a 104 hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor that generates 90 hp. Total output is rated at 145-150 hp, sent to the front wheels.
Given the commendable performance of the locally assembled Toyota Camry Hybrid in the market, and the new FAME (Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) incentive policy set up by the government, Toyota Kirloskar Motor could also consider assembling the next generation Prius in India.
2015 Toyota Prius c - Image Gallery (Unrelated)
[Source: Green Car Reports]