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Can Prius set the pace again?
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Toyota will launch the fourth-generation Prius hatchback in 2015, company executives told dealers at an August meeting in Las Vegas. The redesigned Prius is expected to use a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and is expected to be rated at about 55 mpg in combined city and highway driving, dealers who attended the meeting said. An "eco grade" version will be rated at more than 60 mpg, and will likely use lithium ion batteries, the dealers said.

The new version shown in Las Vegas is more streamlined and sportier than the current Prius. Dealers who saw the car said that should turn the heads of consumers who have become used to the look of the previous Prius iterations.

The fourth-generation Prius hatchback will be followed later in 2015 or early 2016 by freshened versions of the V and C, featuring plusher interior materials and minor cosmetic improvements, dealers said.

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Currently the Prius has a 98hp engine and 36hp electric motor, for a total of 134 total hp. Just 11hp more than a Ford 1.0L 3-Cylinder EcoBoost engine at 123hp.

And remember this is 5mpg combined, so we are looking for maybe 2mpg city and 3 hwy improvement.

Which means it looks like Ford will be offering a 1.5L 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine for their new dedicated hybrid will launch. It's the only way to avoid the extra tax and offer the new hybrid in China. And a clear path to higher mpg, along an aluminum/magnesium/boron steel platform/frame to be shared with the next gen c-segment vehicles.
 

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Currently the Prius has a 98hp engine and 36hp electric motor, for a total of 134 total hp...
is that total hp # from a reliable source, Bloggin?
asking cuz (as I think you remember) Ford's Energi has 141hpe(88kw) + 118hp petrol = 188hp total...
...not the 259hp it'd have if it was 100% straight addition (for Ford)

...Just 11hp more than a Ford 1.0L 3-Cylinder EcoBoost engine at 123hp.

And remember this is 5mpg combined, so we are looking for maybe 2mpg city and 3 hwy improvement.

Which means it looks like Ford will be offering a 1.5L 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine for their new dedicated hybrid will launch. It's the only way to avoid the extra tax and offer the new hybrid in China. And a clear path to higher mpg, along an aluminum/magnesium/boron steel platform/frame to be shared with the next gen c-segment vehicles.
I figure a 1.5Atkinson would put out maybe 90hp.

Perhaps selling in displacement-unfriendly countries will finally get FLincMoCo to dip into EB-energis??
 

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About that 3 cyl engine from Ford, is not that marvelous engine a good choice for a Hybrid? Combine the excelent economy of a 3 cyl engine,with the power of a turbo and electric motor...
 

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About that 3 cyl engine from Ford, is not that marvelous engine a good choice for a Hybrid? Combine the excelent economy of a 3 cyl engine,with the power of a turbo and electric motor...
afaik the production 1.0EBs will ouput from 120hp to 155hp - imho Perect for FoMoCo's new/coming hybrid program...
...esp as MERCURYs(wtc)


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is that total hp # from a reliable source, Bloggin?
it's from the Toyota website. That's all here is. Just 134hp. The Prius c only has a 73hp engine and a 29hp from the electric motor for a total of 102hp.
 

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About that 3 cyl engine from Ford, is not that marvelous engine a good choice for a Hybrid? Combine the excelent economy of a 3 cyl engine,with the power of a turbo and electric motor...
If Ford can get the 1.0 EcoBoost to simulate the most fuel efficient Atkinson Cycle that would work.
 
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