Toyota Kirloskar Motor will launch the fourth-generation Prius in January, 2017 and the company already revealed the hybrid at the recently held Toyota Caravan for Environment and Safety event in New Delhi. It is expected to be priced between Rs 30 and 40 lakh, ex-showroom.
Under the hood, the new Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 95 hp of power and 142 Nm of torque. This figure combined with a permanent magnet AC Synchronous electric motor coupled generates 71 hp and 121 Nm. The battery of the Prius for India will be a Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) unit. This combination is paired to an e-CVT (Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission) unit and this has improved fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent over the previous generation Prius. The company claims a fuel economy of 40.1 kmpl.
The 2017 Prius is the first production car based on Toyota's new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform which has stiffened the chassis by 60 percent for a more engaging drive experience. The sedan is bigger than the previous model and measures 4,540mm in length, 1,760mm in width, 1,470mm in height although the wheelbase remains the same at 2,700 mm as the third generation model. On the outside, the fourth-generation Prius has sharp lines on the bonnet, triangular fog lamps, new swept-back headlamps and a new set of alloy wheels.
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Inside the cabin, Toyota has equipped the Prius with features like a 4.2 inch instrument cluster display, centrally mounted touchscreen infotainment system, which is larger than the old model, automatic climate control and coloured heads-up display (HUD). In terms of safety, the upcoming hybrid sedan will get ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and airbags. The Toyota Prius will continue to be sold as a CBU (Completely Built-up Unit) unit like the previous model, however, the company might start assembling the car at a later stage in India.