Naked Prius Spotted Ahead of Frankfurt Debut
The new 2016 Toyota Prius has been spotted on a plane in all its glory ahead of its official world debut. So how does it look?
Toyota have announced that the covers will be pulled off their new Prius for its world debut this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Due to officially go on sale next year, the new Prius is expected to be the most fuel efficient model in the Toyota range and, as we can now see, takes much of its styling from the Mirai.
Up until now, all we’ve seen of the Prius are various images of it fully covered. Then, when the plane pictures (below) were leaked online, Toyota gave us the teaser shot seen above, which basically just shows the car’s rear light design – bit random?
But now, the new Prius has been spied naked, on a plane, making its way to Frankfurt (we suspect). The image below reveals that the 2016 Prius will be vastly different to the current model.
The Prius’s exterior styling is hugely influenced by the Mirai, especially from the B-column and “floating” roof with blacked-out pillars. Nevertheless, the Prius keeps its high-tailed hatchback form, but does come with an additional glass panel in the vertical part of the tailgate for improved rear visibility.
At the front, the Prius boasts much narrower headlights and a smaller lower grill area, which has the effect of making the car look much sleeker and more aerodynamic.
Under all that metalwork is the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is a modular platform that’s not only lighter, but also stiffer with a lower centre of gravity.
Specific details about the powertrain are still sketchy, but the Prius is expected to have a more compact and efficient hybrid setup, with an improved petrol engine, as well as a plug-in hybrid variant.
We’ll have to wait and see what the official specs are when the car is unveiled, but for now, at least, we know what to expect in terms of looks…