What we still need to know

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Main Forum' started by Lee Jay, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Lee Jay

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    Well, specs is obvious. Displacement, power, motor and generator power, battery capacity and power limit (for each type), wheel base, overall length, width and height, Cd, frontal area, interior dimensions such as leg room, head room, shoulder room, cargo room (seats up and down), EPA MPG, etc. That goes without saying. Color options (inside and out) and trim packages and their substance too. But, I'm asking about some other stuff...

    Which versions have the flat cargo area versus the cargo area with the drop down?
    Which versions have the spare tire versus the sealer?
    Is the white trim an option on all trim and color packages or does it come with some of them? Which ones (i.e. higher / lower, Touring / Standard)?
    Does the front seat fold flat with the back seats in any of the versions? If not, why not? If so, which ones?
    Is that central console with the Qi charger and all of its wasted space standard on all versions? If not, what is the other option? Does this change with the addition or subtraction of the white trim?
    Why get rid of the upper glove box? What is that area used for now?
    Why get rid of the under-floor storage in the cargo area? What is that area used for now in the version without the drop down cargo area?
    Is battery type a trim-package thing (i.e. higher / lower, Touring / Standard), or an option on any package?
    What are the advantages / disadvantages of the two battery types (in the context of the car, I understand the battery chemistries)?
    What is "eco" about the eco version? Just weight? Something else?
    What about the HUD? Again, trim package or separate option?
    Are Bluetooth, USB, aux and HD radio on all trims now or just some?
     
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    DavidA Prius owner since July 2009

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    Good thread.

    Does the TPMS display show each tire's pressure, or just alert us if one or more is low?
    How does the map data get updated?
    If the plastic covers are removed from the 17" wheels, what does it look like underneath? Are those steel wheels?
    Will the backup and door lock beeps be user re-programmable?
    What is the LCD screen resolution (comparing it to the GenIII)?
    Is that real leather on the steering wheel, or some type of plastic?
    Are the seats electrically adjustable, and if so, 6-way? 8-way?
    When do we get info on the PIP2?
     
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    Who are you guys expecting to answer these questions? God?
     
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    The Prius Team, Toyota themselves, the members finding tidbits on the web, and even the PC group that went to Vegas might have some answers.
     
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    The way I see it, you won't get any of those important questions answered until Toyota reduces their 2015 inventory at the local dealerships. When they are ready to launch the car, you'll get your info
     
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    Well, I need some of these answers to decide if I'm going to by one of those helping them to reduce their 2015 inventory or not.
     
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    An online AFP report says the 2016 Prius curb weight is 300 pound less, the EPA mpg 59 mpg highway 55.mpg city and 57 mpg combine, and a SUV crossover and "Eco' version of the Prius Hatchback will follow,. Interior photos suggest that the HSI display has been changed.
     
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    The Los Angeles Autoshow Press Days; November 17-19, 2015 may be when we learn about contents, trim levels of the US Prius Version.
     
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    how many trip meters are there?
     
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    is there a safety shutdown for the 12v?
     
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    How's that 4 wheel drive , partnered with Subaru looking
     
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    any improvements to the rear calipers?
     
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    With the super sensitive traction control, AWD would be a good thing in northern climates.
    I thought I read its losing .8" of ground clearance, that is not a good thing.
     
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    heated steering wheel?
     
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    power seat memory?
     
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    Any plans or options to improve storage for small items and concealed storage for the driver and front passenger?

    Gen 2 was good at this, Gen 3 was just OK. From what I can see so far Gen 4 is currently very weak in this area. This may not be a big deal in Japan but I believe that it is a big deal in North America and elsewhere in the world.

    One solution would be to put the drink holders side by side and provide concealable space behind them. This would permit the space to be used more effectively. As people's needs and preferences vary, it would be nice if it could be set up so different configurations were available and easily changed (after market?)
     
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    I believe announcement said the overall height of the car is lowered, NOT the ground clearance.
     
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    Someone, I think one of the Priuschat moderators, already quoted a Toyota document saying the white interior trim was an option. I hope so.

    Someone also mentioned (I think) that there is no 12 volt socket in the front, say near bottom of dash. This'll be problematic for anyone using a GPS methinks.
     
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    What color are the valve caps? :p
     
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    Toyota uses an electric based AWD with their hybrids that puts a third MG on the rear axle.

    No technical reason why you couldn't hook a hybrid drive up to a traditional AWD drive train; Ford did it on the Escape. The car just needs to have the space for the drive shaft going from the front to the rear. I don't see that space in the few undershot photos of the new Prius. If there was, Toyota wouldn't use Subaru's system. Not because they have their own, but because Subaru's system uses a longitudinal engine mount. HSD is designed on a transverse engine mount like all other FWD based cars.
     
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