Official: 2016 Toyota Prius Promises To Be Fun, 10% More Efficient [75 Photos]

After a string of revealing spy photos, the 2016 Toyota Prius and its brave new looks are officially out in public.

Toyota took the wraps off of the fourth-generation Prius Tuesday night at an event in Las Vegas. We know the 2016 Prius gets looks inspired by Toyota’s Mirai fuel-cell sedan, but incorporates the traditional liftback shape that has defined the gas-electric hybrid since its second generation.

Big news comes from the fact this new Prius benefits from the first application of Toyota’s New Global Architecture, their take on a modular basis for a raft of new models. The company says the new platform allows a lower center of gravity, stronger passenger compartment and a new double-wishbone rear suspension. The 2016 Prius is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower than the old car, but Toyota also insists this one is actually fun to drive.

The front of the Prius sticks to the familiar Toyota traits, but is dominated by newly standard LED headlights and a sharper front spoiler that makes it a little more edgy than the old model. Toyota claims the badge on the front of the Prius is the same height as the one on the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86 sports coupe, so it’s all very… sporty.

But in addition to this promise of fun, Toyota has kept up with the Prius’ mission of efficiency, claiming a 10 percent gain in MPG on “core models,” according to the press release. If the outgoing model’s 50 MPG EPA rating is anything to go by, expect a 55 MPG rating on the new one. There will also be a new Eco model that Toyota says is to be unveiled down the road, with, “an even greater improvement” in fuel efficiency. 

Toyota also says it’s boosting the safety roster on the 2016 Prius with the introduction of Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of driver assistance electronics such as pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and prevention and adaptive cruise control (what will the Honda Sensing people say?). The Prius, thanks to the new platform architecture, is the first of the company’s models to benefit from this safety tech package that Toyota says will spread throughout most of its lineup by the end of 2017.

And what about that sharp new red paint? Toyota calls it “Hypersonic Red.” This is what you get when you ask Toyota to hot up the Prius. 

We should know more about the Prius at upcoming auto shows such as the Frankfurt Motor Show next week and the LA Auto Show in November. Expect to start seeing the 2016 Prius on sale in at least some markets around the start of 2016.

2016 Toyota Prius North American-Spec

2016 Toyota Prius EU-Spec

Koenigsegg Jesko Gets Pushed Out Of Palexpo Complex As It Departs Geneva

The 1,600PS Jesko needed a push to leave the car show, as it didn’t fire up its 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Facelifted Alfa Romeo Stelvio Spied For The First Time Inside And Out

The facelifted Alfa Romeo Stelvio has undergone some minor interior changes.

600HP Mosquito Supercar Wants To Become Czech Republic’s Brabham BT62

Just like the Brabham BT62, the Mosquito “street-legal race car” will have a seven-figure price.

New York City Says Its Saved A Ton Of Money With Its Electric Vehicle Fleet

The Big Apple is enjoying massive savings thanks to the limited maintenance and charging costs incurred by EVs.

Ford Took A Cheeky Stab At Tesla Model Y With Electric Mustang SUV Tweet, But Did Anyone Notice?

Ford will unveil its Mustang-inspired electric crossover later this year.

Tesla’s S3XY Family Is Complete But Are They Actually Sexy?

Deliveries of the Tesla Model Y will start next year with prices topping $70,000.

Part Batmobile, Part Off-Road Monster: Meet The Desert Storm Trophy Truck

It’s just a study, so it can be as bold, brash and brutal as its designers want it to. Plus it’d look nice in the Batcave.

These Are Some Of The World’s Most Popular Cars On Instagram

Perhaps all the Ford Mustang crashes make it so popular on Instagram….

Tesla Workers Lost Three Times More Days Off The Job Due To Injuries In 2018

The good news, as Tesla’s VP for environmental health and safety pointed out, is that no one died.

An Aston, A Bentley And A BMW Walk Into Azerbaijan… With The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour trio take a 1,000 km trip – and then engage in a race in Baku’s streets.