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If there ever were a car that polarised car enthusiasts right from the onset, it would be the Toyota Prius. Ever since it was unveiled back in 1997, the Prius was always a trailblazer of sorts. Many decried its styling, but in terms of its functionality, practicality and sheer efficiency, nothing came close to it.

But fast forward to 2015, and it’s a brave new world. We’ve got full-electric vehicles from the likes of Tesla that are redefining what it is to experience exhilarating performance, without a petrol engine on the side. Every other automaker is basically trying to formulate a plan to take on this new paradigm in motoring. But cars like the Prius straddle both worlds, harnessing the most of its electric energy whilst optimising the efficiency of its internal combustion engine as well.

This brings us to these pictures of the next-generation 2016 Toyota Prius, revealed in all of its glory ahead of its planned unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Its styling looks like a Mirai-inspired job, and more importantly, the Prius will be the first vehicle to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform, for both the regular and plug-in versions. It’ll probably have an upgraded version of its 1.8 litre petrol engine, so expect at least 150 hp all in all.

Judging from these pictures that show the vehicle in a cargo hold, it actually looks pretty nice. The front façade does have a quirky look, but it’s sufficiently futuristic. This new design DNA is either going to make you love it or hate it at first sight. The rear is especially unique, with its revised taillights that give it a slightly more fluid feel.

So, the 2016 Toyota Prius. Do you hate it or love it?

GALLERY: 2016 Toyota Prius spyshots