When the next generation Toyota Prius shows up, it will be sporting a two different battery options and may even send power to all four wheels.
“I think we will possibly do it,” said Koei Saga, senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development, speaking about all-wheel drive. Saga also says that there will be two different battery options available with the 2016 Prius, a low-cost nickel-metal hydride unit or a more expensive lithium ion pack.
Nickel-metal hydride is currently used in the Prius, and will remain the car’s cheaper option that offers less range. The lithium-ion pack will offer a longer electric-only driving range, and will be offered on higher trim cars.
The 2016 Prius will ride on a new platform, making the car lighter, smaller and more efficient. “The batteries will be renewed. Everything will be revised. And I think we will come up with a fuel economy that will surprise everyone,” Saga said.
To make sure that they get it right, Toyota has pushed the start of production back until December 2015 to give themselves more time to prepare what has become the brand’s flagship vehicle.
[Source: Auto News]
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