New Toyota Prius – price, specs, changes and release date

This is the all-new Toyota Prius hybrid, which we expect to go on sale in early 2016 and cost from around £22,000.

Read on for full details of this new, more efficient model, and to see how it looks compared to the current version of the Prius.

New Prius exterior

The photos of the new Prius show a dramatic change in styling if you put this car next to the current model. Although it remains a quirky thing to look at, the most noticeable change on the outside is the lights, front and rear – they’re much more angular than before. These work well with the new body that appears sharper and more defined than it did before.

It isn’t what you’d call sporty, but its certainly more contemporary in the looks department than the current model, and mimics some of the Japanese cartoon looks of the smaller Toyota Aygo.

New Prius interior

There hasn’t been mention of any major interior changes yet but the images confirm we can expect more of the same – simple and well-built with a well-thought-through dashboard.

It’ll include Toyota’s latest infotainment system, as seen on the latest version of the Toyota Auris. The current model is full of standard equipment too, such as a rear-view camera, a smart entry system and air conditioning, so we expect to see all this and possibly more on the new version. There’ll be more space in the boot too, thanks to an improvement in the hybrid batteries which are now significantly smaller than they were.

Mechanical improvements and changes

The new Prius takes all the clever hybrid technology from the current model and refines it further – we’re expecting to see fuel economy improvements of around 10%, meaning you can expect to get over 80mpg from the new version.

The new Prius will include some serious changes to the engine to increase efficiency, reduce weight and improve performance. To do this a lot of the hybrid-specific components have seen changes or have been replaced completely. The hybrid power train has also been repositioned to give the car a lower centre of gravity, which will result in better handling and dynamics on the road.

Driving experience

Critics of the current model have complained that it isn’t a particularly fun car to drive. All the mechanical tweaks should hopefully address this issue. Toyota claims that acceleration will be smoother and more responsive with the car feeling more at ease at higher speeds. The current car is already a comfortable cruiser, so the new car should be a more complete package.

New Toyota Prius price and release date

We expect the new model to cost about the same as the current one, so expect to pay £22,000 for the entry-level version. No official release date has been set, but it’ll be shown off at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and it’s likely to be in Toyota dealers early in 2016.

Save money on the current Prius

With a new model on the way, now’s a great time to get a deal on the current Prius. To get started, just build a Prius in our configurator and wait for the UK’s friendliest Toyota dealers to get in touch with their offers – we’ve seen some dealers offering saving of around £2,500.

If you’re still researching, then read our aggregated review of the Toyota Prius, or use our car chooser if you’re still having trouble deciding on your next car.

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