New 90mpg, 4WD Toyota Prius shapes up

Toyota Prius 4x4
Credits: Holiday Auto
15 Nov, 2012 4:40pm Peter Lyon

All-new Toyota Prius will be capable of 90mpg and 70g/km emissions

The next Toyota Prius will be four-wheel drive, capable of 90mpg-plus and launch in 2015 alongside a plug-in version – and our exclusive image shows it’ll get a stunning look to match its technology.

The details were leaked by a Toyota engineer, who told Auto Express that “the next Prius will redefine the hybrid as we know it”.

A new ‘C’ platform will help the Prius shed 70kg. Our source also said: “The current 1.8-litre engine will be modified, while the inverter and motor will be downsized, but will deliver more power.”

The end result will be a car that’s not only quicker than at present, but also capable of more than 90mpg fuel economy and with CO2 emissions of under 70g/km – that’s about 25 per cent better than the existing Prius.

A similar improvement won’t be possible with the new plug-in version – the current model manages 134mpg and 49g/km – as Toyota doesn’t see the charging structure advancing fast enough, according to the insider. The brand doesn’t want to hike the current plug-in Prius’ £28,000 price, either.

However, both cars will get four-wheel drive. “The rear wheels will be driven by a motor in an e-4WD system,” added the insider. “Targeting snowy areas, they will operate at up to 37mph.”

There’ll be a new design to go with the radical tech. “The bonnet height will drop by at least 90mm and the car will lose its wedge shape,” we were told. “The A-pillar will move backwards and the roofline will be pushed forward by around 500mm.” Our image reveals a shape designed to be sleeker without denting the aerodynamics or practicality.

There’s expected to be about 500 litres of boot space – enough to hold four sets of golf clubs.

Surprisingly, the regular Prius will keep its nickel-metal hydride batteries, with advanced lithium-ion tech reserved for the plug-in model. Toyota engineers still feel the cheaper, old-style batteries manage power delivery better when it comes to intensive use and charging.

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I'm not too keen on the rendering to be honest, but hey.

Looks crap, hope it drives better. What's the point of 90mpg if you are ashemed to be seen in one.

Isn't the point that you get 90mpg?

£28,000 !!! Can't see it cacthin on nor saving the planet TBH.

Main weight-saving appears to be lack of windows

Can't wait for this one had the two previous models and quite happy.
Too many knockers
Watched a 5' nothing guy get out of a V8 Audi, now that looked very funny!
Think its called small man syndrome.

VERY NICE !!!!!!!!!! you got me G-4 prius

Why would any "normal" person be ashamed to be seen in one?

You can be sure that it will not look like the artists impression. The actual shape will be much smoother - but it is the technical details that will really matter. And if you don't want to be seen in one, who cares, there are many more sensible people who will be happy to benefit from the engineering advances together with Toyota reliability.

I think the picture above looks fantastic and if it had a 2.0 ltr 275 bhp petrol engine I would lust after one and then when i reach my 80's I might want one that will save the world, not very P.C. I know but I don't care