Prius has almost become a household name, and that is no surprising thing. It was this car from Japanese manufacturer Toyota that brought the concept of hybrid motoring into the limelight and now, the company is poised to launch the newest version of this car early in 2017.
The new Prius happens to be the first vehicle to be underpinned by the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform and it will be powered by a tweaked version of the 1.8 litre petrol engine that the current model is equipped with. This motor will be working in conjunction with an electric motor that is powered by a nickel metal hydride battery pack. Toyota claims a whopping fuel efficiency figure of 40 kpl for the Prius.
In international markets however, the Toyota Prius is also available with a lithium ion battery pack and a plug-in hybrid feature. The car has been given a makeover as well and although it still remains immediately recognisable as a Prius, it looks sharper and more angular than before. It continues to come equipped with eco-friendly features such as tyres that have been designed to have minimal rolling resistance.
Toyota has worked on stiffening the chassis of the new Prius by 60% compared to its predecessor and the car now comes with independent rear suspension to improve its driving dynamics. To bring the cost of the car down, Toyota is considering the possibility of manufacturing the vehicle at a production facility in India but, for now, it will be brought to our market via the CBU route only.