The next-gen Prius has been well-hidden by Toyota to date, but Taiwanese website Autonet has published images that it claims are the real deal.
The images were reportedly scanned from official Toyota literature, and that same literature may have also revealed some of the new Prius’ technical specifications.
Of primary focus for Toyota with its ‘green’ hero is fuel consumption, and the report claims the new official figure has dipped to just 2.5 l/100km.
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If true, that would represent an improvement over the current model of 1.4 l/100km based on its Australian figure – or around 36 percent.
Fuel consumption for the new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version is listed at 1.42 l/100km, with an all-electric range of up to 50km.
The images reveal Toyota may be planning a two-tier approach with the styling of its next Prius, with one look for the PHEV version and another for the ‘regular’ hybrid.
Styling for both versions appears to take cues from the new Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell model, which debuted on the Japanese market a few months back.
The report claims the Prius will grow in size to 4500mm X 1770mm X 1490mm (currently 4480 X 1745 X 1490), but weight will drop from 1393 to 1280kg in the hybrid and 1435 to 1350kg in the PHEV.
Power output from the 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol engine will reportedly get a light blip from 73 to 78kW, and the new Prius will retain its CVT automatic.
The 2016 Prius has been delayed more than once. Toyota is said to have reconsidered the design of its new model, while also delaying its unveiling to further develop the hybrid powertrain.
Stay tuned to TMR for more on the 2016 Toyota Prius.