Details of the new and updated Toyota models launching in Australia in 2016.
Prius — March
Industry top-seller Toyota updated a staggering 13 models in 2015. Thus, it has launched, replaced or renewed vehicles representing three-quarters of its sales volume.
Obviously, 2016 will not be quite so busy.
The new Prius is 4540mm long, 1760mm wide and 1470mm tall, making it 60mm longer than the third-generation hybrid hatch and 15mm wider. Although the new Prius is the first vehicle to use the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) component set, the new car’s wheelbase remains unchanged at 2700mm.
Toyota has confirmed that the fourth-gen Prius will continue with a nickel-metal hydride battery, albeit one that is “smaller, more energy-dense” than previous editions.
The company has also replaced the current car’s torsion beam rear suspension for a new double-wishbone system. Thanks to the smaller battery pack and new rear suspension, boot space is said to be improved.
Fuel economy, at least under EU testing, is said be improved by 18 percent. By our calculations that see the car’s EU consumption figure drop from 3.9L/100km to 3.2L/100km.
The new car’s interior will be available in either cool grey or black, and vision out the front, sides and back is reportedly improved.
Available safety tech will include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning with steering wheel alerts, and automatic high-beam control.
70-Series LandCruiser — October
The venerable Toyota 70-Series LandCruiser will get an update in late 2016 that is intended to bring the old workhorse, and fleet-favourite, up to five-star ANCAP standards. This ensures the old beast’s future for some time yet.
In addition to their currently standard driver and passenger front airbags, 70 Series single-cab variants will gain side curtain and driver’s knee airbags, taking the count to five.
All 70 Series body styles – single- and dual-cab, wagon and troop carrier – will also be equipped with electronic stability control, brake assist and cruise control.
Reflecting Australia’s position as one of the world’s dominant markets for the old 70, the global development program considers us it lead market. Engineering continues.
Toyota Australia understandably has its hand up for the car, and while nothing is concrete, the massive sales upside in what is a booming segment should ensure it arrives here. However, it might miss out on a 2016 launch and come around Q1, 2017 instead.