Toyota has been the subject of criticism lately due to a controversial styling language and it seems they are about to get even more negative feedback once the new Prius will go official on September 8. A couple of pre-production prototypes were photographed up close and personal in what appears to be a cargo aircraft and as you can see the design is clearly influenced by the new Mirai.
While the front end with the two-tier grille, boomerang headlights and triangular fog lights doesn’t look half bad, the rear of the car adopts a love/hate design with a blacked out C pillar and a rather odd trunk lid flanked by peculiar taillights. We will reserve our final judgment after the official images will be published, but so far the design has been criticized by many for being too extravagant.
Design aside, the new Prius will be significantly more efficient than the outgoing model as making the switch to the Toyota New Global Architecture will bring a considerable weight loss which corroborated with a more efficient hardware is expected to boost pure electric range from 18 km to 56 km. Needless to say, the combined range in hybrid mode will also be boosted but so far we don’t know by how much.
In terms of interior, the cabin will be upgraded with more soft touch materials, larger touchscreen for the infotainment system, a new three-spoke steering wheel as well as a secondary screen mounted in the upper area of the dashboard displaying details about the hybrid hardware.
According to preliminary data, Toyota will stage the world premiere of the hybrid model only as they plan to launch the plug-in hybrid version late 2016 which aside from the different hardware arrangement will also have a modified design with a different body shape that most likely will be just as striking as this one.
Source: Prius Club Malaysia