The global reveal of Toyota’s 2016 Prius is set for Sept. 8 and 9 in Las Vegas.
Media from around the world have been invited to come see the fourth-generation of the by far best selling hybrid.
The Prius was last fully overhauled in 2009 for Japan, arriving in 2010 in the U.S. and the 2016 model is expected by U.S. buyers next year.
Reports, including from the source, have been the new car will not be disappointing in terms of improving on the existing 50 mpg car.
It’s believed fuel economy could be 55 mpg or greater, and sportier drive experience, and refined styling are also expected.
All-wheel drive as a higher trim level option is also expected. This would be a first for the Prius, but if reports are correct, the all-electric rear wheel drive may be limited to lower speeds mainly as a get-up-and-going measure below 37 mph, such as for driving on snowy roads.
As a most-important car, and virtual sub-brand unto itself, the 2016 Prius will be first to utilize Toyota’s new TNGA modular architecture. This will enable weight shedding, and helps with production efficiencies for the automaker.
The Prius may also have grown slightly larger in its attempts to give more of most everything deemed important to buyers.
This will be a very important event for Toyota, and top executives and engineers from Japan will be in attendance to present the new car intended to carry the brand into the next decade.
HybridCars.com will be there too, so stay tuned.