Three images showing what appears to be the 2016 Toyota Prius have hit the web

Three images showing what appears to be the 2016 Toyota Prius have hit the web.

Taiwanese Autonet shared these images, reporting they are giving us a first look at the new hybrid model in two versions – the Prius Plug-In Hybrid and the Prius Hybrid. If the information is correct, the Mirai-inspired machine is the standard hybrid variant, while the more conventional styled car is the plug-in modification.

Tipping the scales at 1,280 kg (2,822 lbs), the Prius will be slightly bigger than its predecessor with longer wheelbase and lower suspension. The total weight of the plug-in hybrid version will be 1,350 kg (2,976 lbs).

The new Prius will be powered by a hybrid system that consists of a 1.8-liter petrol engine with 105 PS (77 kW), an electric motor with 90 PS (66 kW), a CVT and a package of lithium-ion batteries. The combined output will stand at around 150 PS (110 kW).

The Prius PHV will feature higher capacity batteries for a 50 km-run (31 miles) on purely electric power. The average fuel consumption will be rated at around 1.5 l/100 km.

The 2016 Prius in its two version is expected to go on sale in the second half of next year.

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