As some of you saw, on July 3 we posted pictures from a Taiwanese automotive website, Autonet.tw, that we were tipped in this area by a reader. The site represented the images as being the actual 2016 Prius and Prius PHEV – which gets differentiating headlight treatment this time around, but the PHEV (pictured at bottom) is not expected to be shown next week.
Those images, while caution over their authenticity was expressed, were quickly circulated around the U.S. by other major and
Not exactly the same, wheels are larger, shark fin antenna is missing, profile seems a bit more casual, but it may be the variation in photo angle. Sporty side skirts are present in what is obviously a puffed up actor’s sketch.
That said, identical in the sketch to actual photos of the 2016 Prius grabbed by someone else are the headlight shapes, other key design cues, general profile, and taillight shapes.
It basically appears to be the same car, one stylized, one actual, and it’s unlikely this was a pure guess by an actor working for Autonet.tw.
So, if the Taiwanese
It presented all as matter of fact, and for your review here’s what was said:
Have 2016 Toyota Prius Specs Already Been Revealed?
According to the Taiwanese report in July, the 2016 Prius Liftback earned 40 km/L on the very liberal Japanese JC08 cycle, or close to 94 mpg. This is high but not impossible, as the report says the present version has been rated up to 37 km/L.
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If right, this is an 8-percent increase on the Japanese cycle. The U.S. rates the 2015 at 50 mpg, and an 8-percent increase
The increase in efficiency, says the report, comes from tweaks to the powertrain architecture for the Hybrid Synergy Drive.
A roughly 105-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC VVT-i inline four-cylinder gasoline engine, presumably Atkinson cycle like the present, is said to be retuned with an electric water pump, Cool EGR exhaust gas recirculation system and exhaust heat recovery system to increase fuel efficiency and reduce engine warm-up time.
The electric motor is said to be 90 horsepower, a lithium-ion battery is mentioned, but specs are not given. and total system horsepower is said to be a bit more than the current mode,
Power is reportedly routed as with the present Prius, through a CVT transmission with four modes – Normal, Power, Eco and EV.
The report says the new Prius has dimensions slightly larger than the present model’s 4480 × 1745 × 1490mm (176.4 x 68.9 x 59.7 inches).
Styling-wise, the vehicle has cues similar to the Mirai FCV, and present Prius Liftback.
The 2016 has been said by Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz as a better pouring car, more dynamic than present, and it’s been reported more sporting appeal is a design goal.
Curb weight is pared from the 2015 model’s 3,042 pounds to 2,843 pounds
How Close To Accurate Are These Specs?
That will be revealed hopefully next week. We were told by a fully reliable source that Toyota will dribble out Prius info over the fall season, and this seems to be confirmed by what’s plotted next week.
Ceremonies are basically a one-sundown affair, then everyone drives or flies home. How much will be told at the media unveiling is in inquiry, and Toyota has not scheduled a media drive.
Prius PHEV image – not expected to be revealed next week,.
To date, Toyota has done a decent job of keeping solid info under wraps — but maybe not if the Tawanese website’s info is right.
Originally it looked hazy because the
As it is, they got the images aptly. Are they aptly in this area the rest? Some public already reckon so, and info of varying reliability besides is floating out there.
We’ll probably lay these questions to rest next week.
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