SANTA MONICA, California — Spy photographers caught the undisguised 2016 Toyota Prius today prior to its official debut scheduled for early next month.
As previously reported by Edmunds, Toyota was expected to give the 2016 Prius a thorough exterior overhaul while retaining its uniquely identifiable design. One aspect of that update was to transition the iconic hybrid hatchback into a swept-back sedan shape, which is now evident from today's spy photos.
There are some design elements of Toyota's Mirai hydrogen vehicle in this new Prius shape, although it looks as though the Prius has fewer awkward proportions.
Toyota officials acknowledged that an all-new exterior design will improve aerodynamic efficiency, while a new chassis beneath the sheet metal offers a lower center of gravity and promises better handling. Known as the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the chassis will underpin future Camry, Corolla and RAV4 models.
Edmunds says: More dramatic styling and even better efficiency should help the next Prius maintain its status as the most popular hybrid vehicle on the road.