Monday, August 24, 2015

Coming Soon: 2016 Toyota Prius Debut

What to expect when the updated hybrid rolls into your local Toyota dealership

Despite a recent drop in hybrid sales attributed to lower gas prices, Toyota is ready to roll out the new 2016 Prius later this year. The car is expected to appear at either the September auto show in Tokyo or the November show in Los Angeles. This first major update to the model since 2009 is rumored to feature a few key changes that should appeal to current Prius fans as well as drivers who may be on the fence about the hybrid.

How Does It Drive?

According to Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, the new Prius is “fantastic.” He reports that it has a “lower center of gravity” and handles better than previous models. Some sources are saying that the new Prius may feature
all-wheel drive as well, a change from the front-wheel drive used in current vehicles. This is good news for those who live in areas that get a lot of snow.

What Does it Look Like?

Toyota is sticking with the five-door Prius design but is looking to make updates that provide a “broader appeal” for the vehicle. Lentz says the car is “better looking,” and certain reports hint that the high dashboard console may be receiving a makeover to become more streamlined. Toyota is now employing a “New Global Architecture” for all of their vehicles, so consumers are likely to get a taste of what that means when the new Prius appears.

Is the Gas Mileage Good?

Current Prius models get about 50 miles per gallon combined city and highway driving. Though some sources initially reported that the 2016 car would get 15% more, Lentz calls this number “too high” and says that 10% is a better estimate, meaning that drivers should expect to get about 55 miles to the gallon.

What About the Battery?

In previous models, Toyota relied on nickel-metal hydride cell batteries. However, the trend in the industry is now leaning toward lighter lithium-ion batteries. Toyota already produces other cars with this type of battery, which has some sources speculating that lithium-ion cells could also become the norm with the new Prius.

Whatever the final results, head over Fernelius Toyota to check out the 2016 Prius when it appears. We’ll have these vehicles in stock for you to browse and test drive. If you need information about financing, fill out our
online information request form or come in to talk with one of our salespeople. It’s our goal to send you off out Cheboygan, MI lot with the car of your dreams. 

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