While it won’t be publicly revealed until September 8, our spy photographers managed to snap photos of the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius without any camouflage. The 2016 Toyota Prius was caught during a photo shoot in California, and its looks appear to be strongly influenced by the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car.
The new 2016 Toyota Prius makes a far more dramatic design statement that its predecessor, with its bodywork sculpted to help the hybrid slip through the wind with the least drag possible. Out front, the car’s nose has been tightened and rounded, with arrow-shaped headlights that cut into the car’s bumper, triangular fog lights, and thin slit-like air intakes in the front fascia.
The biggest nod to the Toyota Mirai comes with the car’s C-pillar, where a black treatment attempts to imbue the four-door hatchback with a floating-roof look. There’s also a marked concave character line that runs from the rear door to the taillights. It’s also notable that the 2016 Toyota Prius will have a seriously sloped roofline, which seriously cramps the rear windows and could have adverse effects on rear headroom.
Beneath what we can see here, the 2016 Toyota Prius rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform that will be used for many future Toyota models. Compared to today’s version of the top-selling hybrid, the 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to shed about 20 percent of its weight, and improve its powertrain efficiency by 15 percent. With lighter, more energy-dense lithium-ion batteries storing power and a revised gasoline engine, expect as much as 60 mpg combined for the new Prius. Inside, spy shots reveal a higher-quality cabin with more active-safety technologies from the new Toyota Safety Sense package.
The 2016 Toyota Prius makes its debut next month and will start production by the end of this year. A plug-in hybrid version of the new Prius is expected to follow in early 2016.