TOKYO — Toyota is packing the next-generation Prius with such a profusion of new technologies that it makes the best-selling hybrid truly worthy of its name, which means “to go before.”
It starts with a completely re-engineered 1.8-liter engine and two choices of denser batteries that boost fuel economy by at least 10 percent over the outgoing, third-generation vehicle.
Toyota Motor Corp. also promises livelier driving dynamics thanks to a body architecture that is 60 percent more rigid and software updates that provide smooth, more direct acceleration.
Also on tap: An electronic four-wheel drive option.
Indeed, the fourth-generation Prius aims to be a showcase for the brand’s latest powertrain, chassis and safety technologies.
Toyota unveiled the external design of the car last month, but offered detailed specifications for the first time on Tuesday in Japan.
Among its litany of new offerings: