2016 Toyota Prius news: leaked specs and photo point to lighter and more efficient fourth-gen vehicle

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Toyota has not released any details regarding the fourth generation of their Prius line, other than it will come out as the 2016 model.

AutoNet, a Taiwanese website claims they have details of the specifications. They have posted these details and possible design of the highly anticipated vehicle.

Using Google translate, Car and Driver shared that they may offer 2016 Toyota Prius the same way they offered the older generations in the market, which was by having two models: regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Both hybrids seem to support lithium ion batteries, with the latter having a larger pack for the capacity of 30 miles electric-only driving range.

Moreover, the report mentioned that the overall look may be in line with Toyota Murai fuel-cell vehicle’s tadpole-like body but has different styling as it said to feature sleeker headlights. The dimension retains at 4550mm long, 1770mm high and 1490mm wide but a little longer at and taller with the wheelbase measuring 106.3-inch size with the height of 58.7 inches.

If this the report comes into fruition, under the hood, 2016 Prius’ front wheels may make use of 90-hp electric motor and a 105-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder with planetary gearset CVT which consumes 2.5L per 100km. The total system output is said to be greater than before which range from 145 horsepower to 150 horsepower, with the plug-in hybrid having a range per tank which reportedly can exceed 600 miles.

When it comes to its weight, the report added that it will be lighter of up to 200 pounds than older models. If the information holds true, it is in line with the Toyota’s chief executive officer Akio Toyoda’s announcement earlier this year that the company is transitioning to TNGA modular architecture.

“Toyota will begin rolling out its new platforms with the launch of a mid-size front-wheel-drive vehicle this year, followed by specific new platforms for front-wheel-drive compact and large vehicles, as well as for rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Toyota expects approximately half of its vehicles sold worldwide in 2020 to feature the new platforms,” he said.

Toyota has not commented on the alleged leak.