Pricing and specifications announced for 2016 Toyota Prius
Priced from £23,295 OTR, the 2016 model is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform, which will underpin a number of other future models and enables the Prius to offer a low centre of gravity for improved handling as well as increased space.
The new model also brings enhancements to the hybrid powertrain as well as changes to the 97bhp 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and 71bhp electric motor – as a result the carmaker has said that the 2016 model is set to deliver an 18% improvement in emissions and fuel consumption although actual figures haven’t been announced.
Trim levels see the introduction of new Business Edition and Business Edition Plus versions, which join the entry-level Active and top-spec Excel versions.
Standard kit includes LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, electric driver’s seat adjustment, Smart Entry with push-button start and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with touch screen control and DAB radio reception. An enhanced Toyota Safety Sense package – which gains radar-governed Adaptive Cruise Control and pedestrian recognition capability in the Pre-Collision System – is also standard along with a new dual-zone air conditioning system.
Higher grade models gain more advanced features, such as a colour head-up display – marked out as a Toyota first, wireless phone charger, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.
The 2016 Prius also marks the first European appearance of the new Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA) system – available on the Business Edition Plus trim – which provides automated steering for parking along with an automatic braking system.
The new Prius is available to order now, with customer deliveries due to begin next March.