2010 Toyota Prius to get bigger, more power and better fuel-economy

We already know that Toyota will reveal the next-generation Prius at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show – but like us you’re probably wondering what to expect. According to CARandDRIVER, the next-generation Prius won’t see any radical changes. The top-selling hybrid will be slightly larger, a bit more spacious on the inside with more luxury options.

Under the hood Toyota will offer a slightly larger 1.6L engine with more power and even better fuel-economy than the current models 48/45mpg (city/highway) EPA numbers. The “Hybrid Synergy Drive” system will still have twin electric motors powered by nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Pricing will see a modest increase above the current models $22,160. The fully loaded 2010 Toyota Prius will be priced around $1,000 extra the current $29,692 fully loaded model.

Joining the next-generation Prius will also be Toyota’s first plug-in Prius. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the plug-in Prius will allow for a longer mile range than the nickel-metal hydride Prius.


Source: CARandDRIVER