By on August 30, 2015

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The next-generation Toyota Prius, set to be revealed on September 8 in Las Vegas, has been caught without camouflage as it sits in what looks to be an aircraft hold.

The undisputed hybrid sales leader picks up numerous design cues from the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, including its swept-back headlights and triangular fog light pods.

Details on the new Prius are unknown at this point, but expect a more-refined interior, increased battery capacity for up to 35 miles of all-electric driving, and increased efficiency from the drivetrain. Inductive charging remains a possibility. The Prius will also be built atop the Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA).

Last updated in 2011 with a mild refresh, sales of the Toyota Prius have fallen since 2007 and 2008 amidst lower gas prices.

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[Source: Prius Club Malaysia]

 

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40 Comments on “Attention Californians: Here’s Your 2016 Toyota Prius...”


  • avatar
    romanjetfighter

    Looks great and futuristic. From the side, the back end looks heavy but they didn’t cheap out with circular fog lamps! I also really hope there’s glass in the front of the wing mirror and not black plastic.

  • avatar
    gasser

    Gas today $3.69 for regular. Plz send 100,00 immed

  • avatar
    Fred

    I like it better than the Camry or Corolla which just seem to be fancy fronts on the same old body.

  • avatar
    Blinkerfluid

    Those head and taillights look gigantic.Not a buyer anyway,but damn that’s ugly.

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    sales tend to fall on everything thats been out for a while.

    love it or hate it, it uses toyotas design language, including their “3D shelf” taillights which also look like theyre cutting into the bumpers.

    the “floating roof” and CRX style backglass also looks interesting

  • avatar
    kmars2009

    Looks okay. The blacked out rear pillar/floating roof thing is somewhat played out thanks to various GM designs from the 80’s -90’s. Olds Cutlass and some Saturns come to mind. But whatever works I guess. Toyota usually does well.

  • avatar
    tubacity

    Not too concerned about styling as an artistic statement. It’s an appliance. I do see that pseudo coupe like styling with squashed roof which tapers sharply behind the middle of front door. Reduces headoom. Even if the rear roof is not as low as it looks, the rear door opening looks low and might force the passenger to duck their head. Will have to see when the real car arrives.

    Hope it is not like that stupidly low rear door opening in the ZDX, a MDX size SUV. ZDX equals nice interior, stupidly compromised rear seat access and rear headroom. Headbang anyone?

    Image of ZDX
    http://img2.carmax.com/img/vehicles/11869595/4/v-0x8d2a75009a177f3/700/525.jpg

    Hope the Prius V, if any, doesn’t have a squashed roof or severe fastback tailgate to severely reduce interior room.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Yuck! Toyota revives Datsun’s Atomic Cockroach school of design.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    This is EXACTLY what the dated Prius needs, Lexus LFA styling cues and a few stolen bits from a 1991 Saturn, the PERFECT BLEND!

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    For the love of God, will someone, anyone, get Toyota’s “stylists” some help? There are all sorts of unemployed Italian design house guys just begging for jobs. There is no need for this level of hideous on the street.

  • avatar
    Ion

    The nose looks like a Tucker torpedo but overall the design looks portly. The fit and finish is terrible, that hood gap is massive

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Neener, neener… it’ll sell, sell, sell.

    It’s so Shogun!

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Maybe these two cars are about to get a burial at see, “bin Laden style”.

  • avatar
    JD23

    This model is ugly, but so were previous Prii. Prius styling is meant to be distinctive, not necessarily attractive, and to signal “greenness” to other drivers. In this regard, I think the styling is successful.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    The current car looks reasonable — you know what it is! Nice and roomy inside, decent access to the back seat, even with the Kammback profile. Just needed a little more quality inside to be competitive. (I’ve ridden in one of these once, and was impressed overall, save for the interior quality, and the center-mounted speedo.) I guess the saving grace is that they didn’t go all-out gaping maw, a-la the refreshed Camry.

    When I saw ** THESE PICS, ** I almost threw up in my mouth!!

    First, W! T! F!!! is with that front end???!!! (At least TOYota is finally fitting folding mirrors to more of its cars — or did they already fit those on the Prius in 2011? Maybe I’m thinking Camry! First bump to the side of the garage = four-figure repair, versus no damage at all on my Accord with PPF on the mirrors!)

    And then the rear 3/4!!! The love child of a Kia Optima and the new Nissan Maxima! Not to mention “good luck” on collision repairs on the character line back there — it looks like you could use that to slice cold cuts! I’m sure that’s for aero optimization, but even a minor hit to the rear quarter could total one of these if enough airbags are popped!

    “Fugly” is an understatement!

    • 0 avatar
      See 7 up

      I’m failing to see how this has any more character lines than almost any other modern car. Yeah, it may not look great, but it’ll be just as hard to repair as anything. And do people even use that as a reason to buy any car?

  • avatar
    See 7 up

    I’m just glad they still put that little hatchback glass panel.
    Were this GM, they’d champion the lack of visibility and go sans glass.

  • avatar
    redliner

    Love it, love it, love it! It’s kooky, its funky, and in some places it’s a bit of a head scratcher… its totally a Prius. It’s not pretty, but the Prius has never been about that.

    If you want a hybrid, there are lots of those, (some of which are quite attractive) everyone makes one now, but if you want a Prius, nothing else will do.

  • avatar
    nguyenvuminh

    Those that like hybrids, for whatever reason, will like their car to stand out from the rest and this will meet that objective I think. Those that hate hybrid or Toyotas or boring appliance that don’t have dynamic handling/performance, will continue to hate. Ultimately, with the improved fuel economy, it will sell and continues to piss off the naysayers.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Just ghastly. A mish-mash of random styling cues – it’s like some big plate of origami escargot.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    I think it’s the right look for the Prius. Know your audience right?

  • avatar
    madman2k

    I actually like the look of it from the rear and 3/4 but I think the front is just too much.

    Still, it’s one of those cars you buy for what it does and not what it looks like. At least that’s why I bought my 2010.

    Unless the capabilities are too good to pass up, I will probably replace mine with a vehicle with more ground clearance which will suit my needs a lot better. Maybe an Outback or a CX-5.

  • avatar
    marc

    It’s futuristic, funky, and all the “get off my lawn folks” will hate it. I love it! If driving dynamics have improved over my 2013 model as promised, during Toyota’s Summer clearance/memorial day/arbor day/any excuse for a promotion day clearance sale in 2016, one of them will be mine. In blue.

  • avatar
    carve

    It has tail fins!

    One reason the Prius sells better than other hybrids is because it’s hybrid only and instantly recognizable as such, so it pays to be distinctive.

    It’s the ultimate transportation appliance. I just wish they weren’t so weak. Now that they have a huge battery, I’d like to see a performance oriented “D” version, with powered rear wheels and a 0-60 in the sixes. Then I might consider getting one.

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