September 8 will be the day when Toyota will finally take the wraps off the all-new Prius which is believed will be shown only in hybrid guise whereas the plug-in hybrid model is programmed for a late 2016 launch. Toyota spokesman Ryo Sakai announced the reveal date but refused to provide any technical specifications regarding the new Prius.
However, we do know the hybrid will adopt a substantially different body style as Toyota’s designers have elaborated a fastback silhouette which should make it a lot more attractive than the outgoing model. More expensive versions of the Prius will boast LED headlights and it is believed an all-wheel drive system will be offered as optional equipment.
The model bears the “690A” codename and will be the first to ride on the TNGA - Toyota New Global Architecture which is set to underpin a wide variety of new cars in the years to come. It is believed the hybrid system will consist of a more efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine working together with an upgraded electric motor to produce a combined output of around 150 bhp.
The new generation battery pack will have enough energy to grant the Prius with a maximum electric range of up to 56 km which will represent a major improvement compared to the current 17.7 km.
As far as the interior cabin is concerned, Toyota has decided to make the new hybrid more posh by installing a large touchscreen display for the infotainment system, along with a second display mounted in the upper central section of the dashboard from where the driver will be able to check out the gearbox indicator, speedometer and hybrid system status. Expect the cabin to be a bit more accommodating so there should be a little bit more space for the passengers sitting on the rear seats.