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Toyota unveils Prius hybrid with 10%
better fuel efficiency
Added by admin 10/09/15
8, 2015 - Toyota has advanced the pioneering status of
its iconic Prius hybrid car by revealing a fourth-generation
model that debuts a futuristic design, fun-to-drive dynamics and
an impressive gain to fuel economy.
A new, stiffer platform - the first developed under Toyota's New
Generation Architecture (TNGA) program - is at the heart of
revolutionary improvements that support a more responsive driving
experience and enhanced occupant protection.
In keeping with the Prius name which means "front runner", the
new-generation car continues to build on its eco-car DNA with
technical breakthroughs including the world's most thermally
efficient petrol engine at 40 per cent.
This remarkable achievement, which provides a significant
improvement in fuel efficiency, is due to the adoption of new or
substantially revised components that were effectively
blueprinted to the finest limits and tolerances.
Engineers also succeeded with a comprehensive program of size and
weight reductions for major hybrid components while maintaining
overall performance, confirming Prius as the global pacesetter in
The cutting-edge development program for the new Prius also
focused on a more responsive drive experience achieved through a
lower centre of gravity, newly developed double-wishbone rear
suspension and a more rigid body.
The all-new rear double wishbone suspension produces a better
connection to the road, providing greater control and feedback in
all driving conditions. A more rigid body helps improve
responsiveness while cornering without sacrificing ride quality
or occupant comfort.
Unveiled at a special event in Las Vegas ahead of its
international motor-show debut in Frankfurt next week and an
Australian launch early in 2016, the new Prius exterior has
It features a dramatic low-slung silhouette that is approximately
60mm longer, 15mm wider and 20mm lower, delivering a much more
planted on-road presence with a lower centre of gravity and more
space for occupants and their luggage.
Designers embraced Toyota's concept of "Iconic Human-tech" to
blend flowing curves with aggressive cut edges, producing
ground-breaking advances and aerodynamic innovations that display
a sculptural quality.
The bonnet is lower and the most distinctive Prius cue - the roof
peak - has been moved forward, creating an athletic shape
inspired by a runner in the starting blocks.
The sporty theme for the new Prius is accentuated by the Toyota
emblem in the front grille sitting at exactly the same height as
on Toyota's 86 sports car. It is flanked by new headlamps that
minimise frontal area while providing a striking light display
that helps define the vehicle's distinctive character.
Bold character lines run along the side from the front fenders -
one just above the sill that sweeps up towards the rear fender,
while the upper crease morphs into the rear spoiler, which has
Striking rear combination lamps express the distinctive lines of
the Prius from the rear spoiler to the trailing edges of the
Exterior colours include an "Emotional Red", which utilises a
newly developed treatment process to achieve a deep and vibrant
The new Prius interior also embraces Toyota's concept of "Iconic
Human-tech" with a strong presence that adopts advanced
technology complemented by features that are functional, fun and
have high visual impact.
Owners will be rewarded with the comfort and utility offered by a
wrap-around cockpit, form-hugging seat design, easy-to-use
controls and increased visibility.
A sense of quality and space is created through the wide
instrument panel with its layered construction that clearly
defines the "display zone", separating it from the "control zone"
which is now closer to the driver.
The next-generation Prius will make available a package of
electronic safety assistance aids including a pre-collision
system, lane departure alert, automatic high beam and active
Prius global chief engineer Kouji Toyoshima said nearly every
aspect of Prius has been improved to create a car that will
appeal to the senses in its own right, above its well-recognised
"There is much more to the new Prius than a green image. From the
bold design to the quality interior, the Prius has never had such
a powerful presence," Mr Toyoshima said.
Prius - with more than 3.5 million sold globally - has
popularised hybrid technology to the point it has now become
mainstream. The fourth-generation Prius is ground- breaking in
its own right.
"We have developed an even-better Prius by expanding its
environmentally sensitive DNA while ramping up its desirability
with an emotional design and an engaging drive. It offers a new
perspective of what a hybrid can be."
Toyota New Generation Architecture is an innovative development
program designed to enhance product appeal through improved core
vehicle performance and new technologies.
It promotes the strategic sharing of powertrain components and
vehicle platforms with the goal of improving resource efficiency
by better than 20 per cent.
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According to the source, the Prius PHV will be
1,350 kg (2,976 lbs) compared to 1,280 kg (2,822 lbs) for the
The Prius PHV engine is Toyota’s 1.8-liter DOHC VVT-i inline
four-cylinder gasoline engine, which puts out 105 hp at 5000 rpm.
Another 90 hp comes from the electric motor, for a total 145-150
hp of system power (inputs don’t add up directly). Current PHV is
equipped with a 60 kW electric motor.
Around 50 km (31 miles) of all-electric range (in JC08
estimations) was their range estimate posted to around 26.4 km
(16.4 miles) for the previous version – or 11 miles (nearly 18
km) of EPA. In other words, performance will go up (range could
nearly double to 20 miles / 32 km EPA), but as always, we still
need to wait for confirmation.
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