Pricing and specifications announced for 2016 Toyota Prius
Priced from £23,295 OTR, the new model is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform, which will underpin a number of other future models and enables the Prius to offer a low centre of gravity for improved handling as well as increased space.
The 2016 Prius also brings enhancements to the hybrid powertrain as well as changes to the 97bhp 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and 71bhp electric motor. Official fuel economy and CO2 figures haven't been announced, but Toyota is claiming an 18% improvement over the outgoing car – which would put the most efficient version at around 88.3mpg and 73g/km, enough to qualify for London Congestion Charge exemption without a mains-rechargeable battery.
The new model also sees the introduction of new Business Edition and Business Edition Plus versions, which join the entry-level Active and top-spec Excel versions.
Standard kit includes LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, electric driver’s seat adjustment, Smart Entry with push-button start and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with touch screen control and DAB radio reception. An enhanced Toyota Safety Sense package – which gains radar-governed Adaptive Cruise Control and pedestrian recognition capability in the Pre-Collision System – is also standard along with a new dual-zone air conditioning system.
Higher grade models gain more advanced features, such as a colour head-up display – marked out as a Toyota first, wireless phone charger, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.
The 2016 Prius also marks the first European appearance of the new Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA) system – available on the Business Edition Plus trim – which provides automatic steering for parking along with an automatic braking system.
The new Prius is available to order now, with customer deliveries due to begin next March.For more of the latest industry news, click here.