Current Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Current Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Current Prius Plug In Hybrid

Current Prius Plug In Hybrid

The start of production for the next-generation Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has been delayed substantially as Toyota works to reportedly maximize the vehicle's fuel economy.

The production delay is more than just a few months.  According to Automotive News, the fourth-generation Prius was expected to enter the production cycle next Spring.  Now, December 2015 is the earliest that we should expect to see a next-gen Prius roll off the line.

Automotive News adds:

"The Prius confirmation vehicle, a prototype typically built 12 months before Job 1 to ensure performance, is scheduled for around November 2014."

There will be a next-gen Prius Plug-In Hybrid.  That's been confirmed long ago.  So, was does this setback mean for the plug-in version of the Prius?  Well, it's expected to enter production in October 2016.  That's so far away that both the next-gen Chevy Volt will be available, and the next generation LEAF will be soon to arrive.

Automotive News explains the extensive delay for the next-gen Prius as follows:

"Reasons for the roughly half-year delay are murky. One source said engineers were tweaking the car to ensure maximum fuel economy, possibly adjusting body and chassis issues."

As expected, Toyota wouldn't offer an official comment.  Automakers almost never make on-the-record statements on future product plans.

The next-generation Prius plug-in is expected to return 55 MPG, offer more electric-only range (15-20 miles) and feature wireless charging.

Next-Gen Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid to Get More Electric Range, 55 MPG Combined and Wireless Charging Capability

Prius Plug-In Hybrid EPA Ratings

Prius Plug-In Hybrid EPA Ratings

Source: Automotive News