After releasing a teaser image on September 1st, Toyota recently launched the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius in Las Vegas as part of a celebration that included music, food, and special effects.
If you think it looks a bit like the Mirai, that’s intentional. Toyota claims the Prius is a “sibling” to the Mirai in terms of design and that it was inspired by a runner in the starting blocks—a sporty design that conveys a feeling of motion.
— Toyota Financial (@ToyotaFinancial) September 12, 2015
Compared to the old model, the new Prius is slightly longer, wider, and lower. The new platform gives it a lower center of gravity that should make handling more exciting. Interestingly, Toyota still hasn’t released powertrain specifics or fuel economy numbers, but it hasn’t gone back on its earlier promise of a 10% mpg improvement over the third-generation model, so we still expect something around 55 mpg combined.
The all-new 2016 Prius will go on sale at Thousand Oaks Toyota early next year!