Toyota Prius fourth generation went on sale in Japan in December last year, while in the US, it was launched earlier this year. The new Prius made its India debut at the 2016 Auto Expo earlier this year. Today, Toyota India confirmed that the new Prius will be launched in India by January 2017.
New Prius receives a 1.8 liter VVT-i Atkinson cycle gasoline engine and a new electric motor coupled with lithium-ion / nickel-metal hydride batteries. Fuel efficiency with this engine stands at 2.5 liters per 100 kms (40 kmpl) while maximum thermal efficiency is also enhanced by 40% due to exhaust gas recirculation system.
The gasoline engine is capable of 98 PS power at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm torque at 3,600 rpm. The electric motor is capable of 53 kW power output and 163 Nm torque.
2016 Toyota Prius made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in early September 2015. Based on Toyota New Global Architecture platform, the Prius measures 4,540mm in length, an increase of 60mm over its outgoing counterpart despite the fact that there is no change in wheelbase of 2,700mm. Boot capacity has also been increased from 445 liters to 502 liters.
Interiors boast of a 4.2” digital instrument panel, color head-up display and new air conditioning system adjusting airflow between seats for added efficiency. On the exterior, 2016 Toyota Prius receives new headlamp and bumper design while side profile is seen with blackened out C-pillar to create a floating roof.
Price of the new Toyota Prius is expected to be in the range of INR 30-40 lakh. More details will be revealed once the car is launched.