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Official 2016 Toyota Prius Release Date and Design

If you are considering a new hybrid vehicle, Toyota and more specifically, the Toyota Prius are likely at the top of your list. An icon and a pioneer in the hybrid car market, the Toyota Prius provides Enfield, CT area drivers with an instantly recognizable, technologically advanced and ultimately fuel efficient, eco-friendly sedan. What is even more impressive about the Toyota Prius design, is that it continues to improve year after year, building on its already class-leading platform. While the official 2016 Toyota Prius release date and design aren’t set in stone, what we have heard about the fourth-generation Prius is truly exciting.

As we mentioned above, the official release date for the new 2016 Toyota Prius hasn’t been set, but the targeted time frame for the standard Prius model to hit showroom floors is December 2015. New Prius Plug-In editions are expected to follow a year later. Originally expected to arrive earlier, the delay reportedly stems from the wide variety of Toyota Prius models that are currently offered. With design options ranging from the standard 2015 Toyota Prius Hybrid to the compact and sporty Prius C and the family-friendly Prius V wagon, there is a lot to take in, creating a log jam of automotive excellence.

With no concrete information release from Toyota as of yet, it can be difficult sorting truth from rumor, but here are a few things that we have heard that will definitely up the ante for the next-generation Prius Hybrid. Each preceding Prius generation has managed a significant increase in fuel efficiency numbers and the 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to deliver nothing less. If future editions and new design elements are any indicator, the new Toyota Prius will achieve an impressive, estimated 55 to 60 mpg combined. This increase in fuel economy is due to a new smaller, more powerful two-motor electrical drive unit, paired with a similar Atkinson-cycle engine. A stronger and lighter framework that features a more aerodynamic design will also add to the appearance and efficiency of the new Prius. A more premium cabin design is also expected to be integrated into the fourth-generation Prius platform.

Another major factor that is expected to change for the 2016 Toyota Prius design is the potential availability of two different battery packs. A nickel-metal hydride battery pack is the standard electrical power unit for Prius models and will carry over, but an additional lithium-ion battery pack is expected to be available for upper trim levels, providing additional electrical driving range. Possibly the most exciting rumor surrounding the official 2016 Toyota Prius release date and design, however, is the potential for an all-wheel drive drivetrain. With the availability of all-wheel drive, the Toyota Prius would offer a more thrilling driving experience in nearly any weather and road conditions, a tremendous asset for drivers facing the Enfield, CT winters. For more information on the 2016 Toyota Prius and other upcoming Toyota models stay tuned into the Gale Toyota Blog.