By on May 18, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius Getting Gas At Vons

Out and about at a Chevron in Baker, Calif. this weekend, a PriusChat forum member happened upon what could be the fourth-gen Toyota Prius.

The member, Savior1974, whipped out his smartphone to roll film on the find, heavily disguised as prototypes are wont to do, AutoGuide reports. Whether the Prius was a mule or something more, however, could not be confirmed.

The upcoming Prius was held back for further refinement to its styling — which may take cues from the C-HR Concept from last year’s Paris Auto Show — and to prepare it for Toyota’s New Global Architecture modular platform.

The new hybrid is set for production by the end of this year, with its showroom debut expected the following spring.

[Photo credit: Savior1974/PriusChat]

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15 Comments on “Possible Fourth-Gen Toyota Prius Prototype Caught In The Wild...”

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    I can’t believe it’s only been 6 years since the 3rd gen came out. While I have no intention of buying one, I am curious to see if there will be significant improvements in efficiency and usable space, or if the next Prius will be a case of diminishing returns.

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    Speaking of Prius I was looking up the emissions test station times today and noticed on their website that Prius and Insight vehicles never need emissions testing. They have also eliminated testing of diesels with a GVW of 6001 lbs or under and 2007 and newer regardless of weight. It also revealed that they are currently phasing out emissions testing because 2009 and newer vehicles will “never” need to be tested, at least for now. They used to have a policy that they didn’t need to be tested until their 6th year but they show that for licenses that expire in 2017 the newest vehicles that need to be tested is 2008.

  • avatar

    So will it still have the weird anti-visibility split rear window (that was copied for the Volt), or have they figured out that windows are for seeing out of?

    • 0 avatar

      The window is split because the rear is very close to as aerodynamic as possible. The roof needs to taper down to roughly 1/2 of the body height. Toyota added visibility by making what would be the vertical surface of the trunk transparent. A recent article on this site by Jack Baruth said rear visibility was actually really good. I believe the Honda CRX had the split window as well.

      • 0 avatar

        It did. As did the (makes-me-gag-just-thinking-about-it) Pontiac Aztek.

        Yes, that bar is there to provide structure and to separate the actual rear windscreen from the additional transparent glass you mentioned, but it didn’t hinder my rear visibility when I drove it. What I’d like is for Toyota to disable that chime that sounds when you’re in reverse, if they haven’t already. It’s a small-ish hatchback, not a medium-duty truck.

        • 0 avatar

          You can disable it, also you can disable the seat belt chime.
          Google for older versions you can do it without the obd2 plug, newer seems like it is only with that.

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    Props to Baker, California, a cool place to be.

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    I’m interested in what Toyota will do with the next Prius family. Since at least the Mk.2 version, it has excelled at being an economical, practical and reliable form of transportation, and has a loyal following due to such. But Ford’s recent hybrids are a little more interesting to drive and have better interfaces and features. Hopefully—even though the Ford hybrids aren’t quite as competitive on fuel economy as we had initially expected—Toyota will consider them a legitimate threat (because they are) and up the Prius’ content and wow-factor appropriately.

    • 0 avatar

      I have had to opportunity to rent both for about a week each and just like you stated the Prius has those traits and they are indeed positive. The Ford is a better driving, riding, steering with superior overall feel. The Ford has a much higher quality interior but fails the MPG test. I got 42 mpg for a weeks worth of driving in SF.
      I expect the Yota to average 55 mpg. Dont ask me why its just what I feel.
      When the CMax is renewed I expect that to hit 47 for real.

      • 0 avatar

        42mpg is pretty good. The Prius may get better gas mileage than that but unless you are paying over $4 for a gallon of gas, the difference is not significant.

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    New Prius, I suppose. Much higher (=larger) trunk than now as far as I see (under the cover), lower loading floor (educated guess: battery will move under the rear bench as in the EUDM Auris). Dashboard from the Mirai. They will keep the split window, too iconic.

    – 2 liter 6AR-FXE, 152 hp total, electric driving possible at any speed
    – Automated driving features (Radar + Eyesight)
    – A Lexus variant, as long as it’s not named Priul, Lius or Linus
    – Emulated gears. Or they kill the HSD in favor for Aisin’s 8 speed auto + the 2 electric motors anywhere else

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