The 2016 New York Motor Show saw the unveiling of the second-generation Toyota Prius Plug-in. Anticipation has been high for a vehicle that Toyota claim will be capable of delivering as much as 202mpg and producing a CO2 emission figure of just 32g/km. If the Japanese manufacturer’s assertions come to pass, this will make the new plug-in hybrid the most efficient yet.
The regular Prius currently delivers up to 108mpg and produces a CO2 emission figure of 70g/km. These are remarkable statistics in their own right but pale in comparison to those of the new plug-in hybrid variant.
A 1.8-litre petrol engine, as used in the standard hybrid model, will work in tandem with an 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the vehicle will be capable of 84mph in EV mode alone. A 30 mile range doubles that achieved by the previous Prius and puts it firmly within typical commuter distance territory.
The all-new car has been designed to create further fuel savings by using its battery to power its heating system, while air conditioning is derived from gas injection.
The futuristic-looking Prius Plug-in features a range of innovative design elements, including a distinctive headlight configuration and an eye-catching ‘boomerang’ LED rear lamp look. To make way for larger batteries, the cabin will now seat four travellers, as opposed to five, enabling a centre console to run from the front of the car to the back.
We will bring you more details when we get them. In the meantime, what do you think about the forthcoming Toyota Prius Plug-in?