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2015 Toyota Prius to have revolutionary design, better batteries and more efficient gasoline engine

 2015 Toyota Prius to have revolutionary design, better batteries and more efficient gasoline engine
2015 Toyota Prius spy photo 01.8.2013 [1st Aug, 2013] / Automedia

To be Japan built

Executives at Toyota have revealed additional details about the next-gen Prius slated for a 2015 launch.

The fourth generation of the Toyota Prius will come with more powerful and lighter lithium-ion batteries as well as a more efficient gasoline engine. The latter will have a thermal efficiency above 40 percent in comparison to the 38.5 percent maximum in the current model. An increased efficiency will result in more energy gathered from internal combustion which will be used to power the wheels with smaller losses through heat.

It will ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) and according to the firm's global design the car will adopt a revolutionary design both inside and out. The 2015 Prius – like all upcoming TNGA-based models – will have a lower center of gravity which will improve handling. Global product planning managing officer Satoshi Ogiso says Toyota is aiming at fuel economy gains between eight and ten percent compared to the current model thanks not only to the improved hybrid technology but also as a result of an impressive 20 percent weight loss.

Set to be revealed sometime next year, the all-new Toyota Prius will be built in Japan as U.S. production seems unlikely at this moment.

Source: autonews.com

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Comments (9)

 GaryPeterson GaryPeterson
There was a picture of the Prius 2015 dashboard ,with old fashioned gauges hidden behind the steering wheel. Why buy a modern, high tech car with a retro dash, what else did Toyota slide back on?
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April 1, 2014 10:45 pm
 benzboy benzboy
I still think in this class of car I would go with the C Max by ford.
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January 27, 2014 10:29 am
 benzboy benzboy
you have got to be able to rap your head around the fact that this Prius is nothing more, nothing less than a dishwasher,ie an appliance when it comes to sportiness or actual fun driving experience. Not bashing the car at all but it is what it is.
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January 27, 2014 10:28 am
 PAA PAA
What about improvements in driving from actual effort on its dynamics?
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January 27, 2014 8:15 am