Monday 24 October 2016
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Auto News: 2016 Prius, Bentley Bentayga, Hyundai Elantra

Auto News: 2016 Prius, Bentley Bentayga, Hyundai Elantra


We finally have our first official look at the new Toyota Prius! The 4th gen model, which was delayed a bit due to design issues, ended up taking some big styling cues from the Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle the Mirai. It’s roomier, lighter and 10% more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. It’s also wider and sits lower to the ground than its predecessor.

“Prius set the global benchmark for hybrids, but now is breaking its own boundaries with more engaging style and fun-to-drive dynamics. What was once a rational purchase that for many customers focused on fuel economy, is now so much more. This Prius will invite new drivers into the category by delivering an impressive look and feel, built on the foundation of safety and eco-consciousness that define the vehicle’s heritage,” says Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division.

The new Prius will go on sale next year.


Hyundai’s revealed a next-gen, sleeker, Elantra. (It goes by the name Avante in Asia.) Of note with this redesign is that the 2016 is built with quite a bit more advanced high strength steel over the older model, 53% versus 32% before. Hyundai says all that additional steel gives it a stiffer, safer frame which gives it better results in crash tests.

Upgraded styling also makes it look lower and wider, too. Added security features include autonomous emergency braking, high beam assist, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert.


Bentley’s new SUV, the Bentayga, is finally a reality and at 600 horses, it’s the most powerful SUV ever. Its 6-liter twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine churns out enough power to launch you from zero to 60 mph in a mere 4 seconds. Now that’s what we call fast.

The luxe design offers plenty of customization with 17 exterior paint colors and 15 interior trim options in both duotone and monotone options. Six lifestyle packages are also available that offer things like Load-Assist Tray and Wet Gear Stowage, which would be handy for the water sports oriented driver.

Bentley’s first SUV will also debut plenty of new technology. One of these is the optional Bentley Dynamic Ride system that is the an industry first electric active roll control 48V system. It works by counteracting rolling when cornering with maximum tire contact, stability, and handling. The model also offers Electric Power-Assisted Steering, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, and Hill Descent Control to take on any adventure.

It’s set to arrive in the U.S. early next year with a price tag of $229,100, which will make it the most expensive SUV on the market.

Photo Credit: Toyota