Toyota launches 2016 Prius from $34,990
Toyota has launched its 2016 Prius promising sporting prowess and a more rewarding driver experience from $34,990.
Featuring average fuel consumption of 3.4 litres for every 100km, the new model is $2500 more expensive than the vehicle it replaces, while a higher specification i-Tech is available from $42,990 (down $1000).
All components are new, which Toyota Australia product planner Michael Elias says ensures "you get more power from every drop of fuel".
Toyota says improvements throughout the car have ensured overall performance is maintained despite the lower combined output of 90kW (down from 100kW).
"This vehicle makes a statement…about what is possible in a hybrid car," Toyota's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said.
"Toyota has changed the entire focus and perspective of Prius by evoking a more emotional response with a car that is fun to see, touch and drive.
"New Prius is a mainstream car that advances its driving dynamics and driveway appeal while also delivering substantially improved innovation and efficiency."
The standard Prius has 15-inch alloys with aerodynamic covers to promote fuel efficiency, colour head-up display, auto-levelling bi-LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, 10-speaker JBL audio system, Toyota Link connected mobility, three-spoke leather-accented steering wheel, premium door trim and a wireless phone charger.
Prius i-Tech is also fitted with 17-inch alloys with resin inserts that reduce weight, satellite navigation and leather-accented seats with eight-way power adjustment for the driver's seat and front-seat heaters.
The platform features more torsional rigidity (up 60% with 31% more spot welds).
Model: Toyota Prius.
Details: Five-seat front-wheel drive compact hybrid hatchback.
Engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder generating maximum power of 72kW @ 5200rpm and peak torque of 142Nm @ 3600rpm, electric motor maximum output of 53kW with Nickel-metal hydride battery for combined output of 90kW.
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic.
Consumption: 3.4 litres/100km (combined average).
Bottom line plus on-roads: $34,990, i-Tech $42,990.