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2016 Toyota Prius coming to India next year

  • Nov 17, 2015
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[caption id="attachment_87556" align="aligncenter" width="2048"]2016 Toyota Prius front 2016 Toyota Prius looks like a car from a sci-fi movie[/caption]

Popularity of hybrid cars is on the rise in the country. The Toyota Camry Hybrid for example has been finding more buyers as compared to its standard petrol counterpart. Carmakers such as Maruti Suzuki are also heavily investing in mild-hybrid models to drive sales in the volume segments.

When it comes to talking about some of the leading automotive manufacturers in the international market selling hybrid models, Toyota is one of the first names that springs to one's mind. The fourth-generation Toyota Prius was revealed earlier this year and the Japanese manufacturer will be launching the new model in India sometime next year.

[caption id="attachment_84340" align="alignnone" width="1600"]2016 Toyota Prius interior 2016 Toyota Prius interior[/caption]

Based on the all-new Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the new Prius is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than its predecessor. With a cylindrical frame, laser screw welding and the usage of strong adhesives, Toyota claims that the new model is 60 per cent more rigid.

Starting with the mechanicals, under the hood is a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder DOHC engine that generates 98.3PS of power at 5200 rpm and 142 Nm of torque at 3600 rpm. Coupled to this is an electric motor that derives power from a new nickel metal hydride battery that adds another 71PS of power. Thermal efficiency of the petrol engine has increased to 40 per cent, fuel efficiency has increased and CO2 emissions has further reduced by 18 per cent over the previous model.

[caption id="attachment_87555" align="aligncenter" width="800"]2016 Toyota Prius rear Take a look at the taillight extension[/caption]

The 2016 Prius has a futuristic looking design with sleek LED headlights and a sharper spoiler gracing the front. The side sees blacked-out C-pillars and a bulgy shoulder line that extends up to the boomerang shaped LED taillights. Overall, its design looks much sportier than the previous model’s boring one.

Toyota imports the Prius to India as a CBU with prices lying between Rs. 39.1-39.8 lakh (ex-showroom). The fourth-gen Prius is expected to carry a slightly premium price tag.

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Source - ET Auto
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