Recently spotted undergoing trial runs in Thailand, the 2016 Toyota Prius is set to be revealed very “soon”, according to Toyota North America CEO, Jim Lentz, in a report by the Detroit Free Press. No exact date on when just yet but rumours indicate that the fourth-generation Prius, codenamed 690A, could make its public debut at later this year either in Tokyo or Los Angeles.

Set to ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform, the 2016 Toyota Prius will reportedly drive and look better than the outgoing model – rumour has it that the Prius was slated to be introduced earlier but execs were unhappy with the way it looked. “I have driven it. It’s fantastic,” added Lentz. As for the way it looks, the 2016 Prius is expected to adopt cues from the Toyota C-HR Concept.


Toyota C-HR Concept.

With all the hype surrounding it, Lentz has confirmed one possible downer to the new Prius – the supposed 15% improvement in fuel economy is not true. According to him, the such a gain was too high to be taken seriously as the outgoing model already achieves a fuel economy rating of 21.2 km/l on the combined cycle.

What will be true is the adoption of technology from Toyota’s TS040 hybrid racer – microchips and micro controllers but no mechanical parts. The new Prius has also been touted to arrive on the scene with both nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion battery packs as well as an all-wheel drive system. Also, the new Prius is expected to weight up to 20% less than the current model.

GALLERY: 2016 Toyota Prius testing in Thailand

GALLERY: Toyota C-HR Concept