“Prius set the global benchmark for hybrids, but now is breaking its own boundaries with more engaging style and fun-to-drive dynamics,” Bill Fay, general manager of Toyota Division, said in the statement. “What was once a rational purchase that for many customers focused on fuel economy, is now so much more.”
That’s because the 2016 Prius is the first vehicle from Toyota to ride on the company’s all-new modular platform that will underpin future models like the Corolla and Camry.
The new platform gives the retooled Prius a lower center of gravity for better handling. The car is also 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider, and 0.8 inches lower than the Prius before it. The changes mean more occupant and cargo room, Toyota said.
The Prius will also feature an all-new rear double wishbone suspension and more rigid body to improve ride and driving dynamics.
The hatchback profile carries over but the 2016 version wears aggressively styled sheet metal -- especially in the rear -- which echoes Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car.