Toyota is struggling to make deadlines with the next-generation Prius as a new report from AutomotiveNews confirms the Prius’ previously reported delay until late 2015.
The reason for the delay is related to some apparent “last-minute” styling changes to the new Prius in order to make sure the hot hybrid stays consistent with Toyota’s current and near-future design language.
The next-gen Prius was originally slated to debut in the spring of 2015 but due to changes within the company and some unsatisfactory results from the R&D team, the Prius was delayed by executive order. Other problems were found to have surfaced with the design of the chassis, body and even the new hybrid system, all of which contributed to the decision to delay the launch.
The Prius is said to use tech from the TS040 HYBRID Le Mans racer, including the new microchip and super capacitor technology. A new nickel-metal hybrid battery along with more potent lithium-ion batteries will be offered. All-wheel drive is also said to be in the mix, thanks to Toyota’s New Global Architecture. Also expect a 20% reduction in weight and a lower center of gravity, which should contribute to an eight to 10 percent increase in fuel economy.
A revealing is most likely to happen at the beginning of next year with production launching in late 2015.