Toyota Motorsport GmbH president Yoshiaki Kinoshita has shed some light about the next-gen Prius set to go on sale as a 2016 model year.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH president Yoshiaki Kinoshita has shed some light about the next-gen Prius set to go on sale as a 2016 model year.

Scheduled to enter production likely in December 2015, the overhauled Toyota Prius (codenamed 690A) will use some components that have already been tested in the TS040 HYBRID which competes in the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC). Kinoshita said the parts in question are not mechanical as the new Prius will use microchips and microcontrollers tested in the Le Mans racer.

He went on to say the TS040's all-wheel drive technology could be implemented in the next-gen Prius, thus confirming a rumor from earlier this year. In addition, a newly developed semiconductor will increase the efficiency of the hybrid system by up to ten percent. Chances are Toyota will decide to offer the 2016 Prius with nickel-metal hydride batteries in an entry-level version as well as with lithium-ion batteries in a more expensive variant that would boast a bigger electric range.

Kinoshita ruled out the possibility of implementing TS040's power storage system which features supercapacitors to recuperate the brake energy used afterwards to provide a burst of extra power for a quicker acceleration.

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Next-gen Toyota Prius to use components tested in 2014 TS040 HYBRID