Toyota has officially unveiled the 2016 Prius at a special event in Las Vegas.
Confirming earlier leaks, the next-generation hybrid features a redesigned exterior with a slightly sportier design. Its footprint is 2.4 inches longer than the current model, with a lower hood and roof peak shifted forward.
Standard LED headlights help to minimize the Prius‘ front fascia, while the rear combination lamps highlight the lower rear spoiler and redesigned rear fender. The company hopes the “more engaging” style will help attract customers who are not solely focused on mpg ratings anymore.
For those who are simply after the best fuel efficiency, Toyota engineers have managed to achieve an estimated 10-percent improvement in EPA mpg ratings. Pending final numbers, the redesigned Prius should deliver a city/highway/combined rating of 56/55/53 mpg.
“A soon-to-be unveiled Eco model will achieve an even greater improvement, strengthening Toyota’s leadership in hybrid fuel efficiency,” the company promises.
Aside from fresh looks and lower gasoline consumption, the new Prius is also claimed to deliver improved handling and driving dynamics. As the first model built upon Toyota’s New Global Architecture, the hybrid is 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than its predecessor. A lower center of gravity, improved torsional rigidity and retuned suspension system are said to combine for greater control and responsiveness without sacrificing ride quality.
Designers also worked to revamp the Prius’ interior for a more premium feel and improved usability. The new model features a wrap-around dash, form-hugging seats and improved visibility for the driver.
The company has not yet announced pricing information, final EPA-estimated mpg figures or availability information.