2016 Toyota Prius Teaser

We already know what the 2016 Toyota Prius will look like – thanks to images of undisguised cars surfacing on the Internet – but that didn’t stop Toyota from pushing out a teaser of the fourth generation of its iconic hybrid, ahead of its motor show premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show a week after the reveal in Las Vegas on September 9.

The sole image shows what we now know to be the distinctive full-length tail lights – continuing from the tall rear spoiler, the line of LEDs sweep around the indicators before dropping right down to the base of the bumper, forming a sort of “P” shape.

Leaked photos show the car will have a look inspired by the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, with a floating roof, a tall rump and blown rear fenders; although it differentiates itself through striking arrow-shaped headlights and the aforementioned tail lights. The styling will be divisive, for sure, but at least you’ll notice it when it passes you by, something the current Prius can never lay claim to.

It is confirmed that the next Prius will be built on the modular Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) designed to reduce cost and resources consumed, whilst improving performance, fuel efficiency and styling. There will also be improvements to the electric motor, battery and existing 1.8 litre engine, so all-in-all the system will reportedly produce around 150 PS, a handy 14 PS increase from the current model.

Apart from the next Prius, Toyota will also use Frankfurt to showcase the second iteration of the C-HR hybrid concept, which will supposedly foreshadow a B-segment crossover to tackle the likes of the Honda HR-V. The RAV4 Hybrid will also make its European debut, along with the second version of Toyota Safety Sense, complete with Pedestrian Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control.

SPYSHOTS: 2016 Toyota Prius

Toyota C-HR Concept
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid