Toyota Prius 2016 release date: hybrid is more fuel efficient, has up to 55 mpg and revamped design

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The next upcoming vehicle from Toyota, “Prius 2016” promises a new take on the hybrid landscape as it delivers greater efficiency combined with bolder look and more spacious interior.

According to Lima Ohio, the fourth generation model will have ten percent improvement in fuel economy amounting to 55mpg, said to be the highest MPG to date without a plug.

It will debut the manufacturer’s next generation powertrain technology that will still have the 1.8-liter engine now made lighter and smaller to get more than 40 percent thermal efficiency. The nickel-metal hydrid battery is made more compact with a size that can fit at the rear seat. It will also feature active grille shutters that open and close based on outside temperature.

During its unveiling last month at Las Vegas World Premiere Event, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division Bill Fay shared that, “Prius set the global benchmark for hybrids, but now is breaking its own boundaries with more engaging style and fun-to-drive dynamics. What was once a rational purchase that for many customers focused on fuel economy, is now so much more. This Prius will invite new drivers into the category by delivering an impressive look and feel, built on the foundation of safety and eco-consciousness that define the vehicle’s heritage.”

The exterior has been revamped and will be offered in seven hues including the all-new “Hypersonic Red” which has vibrant highlights. The dimension is almost made sleeker with a body that is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than its predecessor.

Moreover, it will utilize the New Global Architecture as Toyota’s product development strategy and the Toyota Safety Sense system with the front part designed to distribute frontal collision. The system includes the following elements: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams.

It will first be released in Japan in December and will hit the showrooms across United States starting sometime early next year.