The 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid has made its world debuts and should arrive at U.S. dealers starting around January. But specific details have been surprisingly sparse.
Yesterday, Toyota released a few specifications at an event in Japan.
Now, we've learned more about the car's different trim levels and paint colors.
The information comes via CarsDirect, which received preliminary configuration data for the 2016 Prius from an industry source.
According to that source, the new Prius will be launched in six different trim levels: Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four and Four Touring.
(As before, the Prius One is expected to be a model with fewer features that is available only for fleet sales. It most likely won't be offered right at launch, but later in the car's model cycle.)
2016 Toyota Prius
Every trim level except the Touring version, which will be the highest-spec model, will come with fabric seats and ride on 15-inch alloy wheels.
The basic trim level, Two, does without a navigation system and features a three-spoke urethane steering wheel in both its Prius Two and Two Eco versions.
One interesting detail on the Two Eco: It deletes the spare tire fitted to the regular Prius Two and replaces it with an inflator kit, presumably to reduce overall vehicle weight.
Moving up to the Prius Three models adds a built-in navigation system, as well as a synthetic leather covering for the steering wheel.
Adding the Touring package to the Three or Four models provides Softex synthetic leather upholstery and larger 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as advanced safety systems that include adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation.
Those features can also be added separately on Prius Three or Four models as part of the Advanced Technology Package, which bundles them with a moonroof and a heads-up display for the driver.
2016 Toyota Prius auto-show debut, 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show
Other options include a Premium Convenience Package for the Four and Four Touring, which adds parking assist and a premium JBL audio system.
For the non-Touring Prius Four, adding that Premium Convenience Package requires specifying the Advanced Technology Package as well.
Finally, the 2016 Toyota Prius will be offered in eight colors: Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Hypersonic Red, Sea Glass Pearl and Blue Crush Metallic.
The CarsDirect configuration data did not include any information on the electronic all-wheel drive system expected as an option on the 2016 Prius; it was dubbed "e-Four" in Toyota data provided for the Japanese-market version.
While EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2016 Prius haven't yet been released, the engineers behind the new generation of the world's highest-production hybrid say they expect to achieve a rating 10 percent higher than the previous version.
That would mean an EPA combined rating of 55 miles per gallon.
It's not clear how much better the Prius Eco model, which has been announced but not detailed, would do. Some reports have said it could reach a combined rating of 60 mpg.