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New Toyota Prius tuned by Wald International

Snapshot: Wald International previews first kit for the new Prius.

Toyota recently introduced the all-new Prius and it seems Wald International is the first aftermarket specialist to take a stab at elaborating a styling kit for the world’s most popular hybrid out there. For the moment the tuner is providing us only with a preview of their cosmetic package which appears to be addressed to those that are looking for a sportier look for the Prius.

Just like the previous iterations of the model, the new Prius has been criticized for looking peculiar and now Wald is trying to fix that by rolling out a more aggressive look enhanced by a redesigned front bumper that appears significantly more aggressive while the multi-spoke alloy wheels appear to be substantially bigger compared to those of the standard Prius. In addition, we also notice Wald lowered the car’s ride height and chances are there’s a sporty suspension kit in the works to make the hybrid more agile.

Chances are there’s also going to be a redesigned rear end with a beefier bumper and perhaps a subtle spoiler to boost the model’s appeal further while the interior cabin is likely to remain just about the same. Since this is just a styling package, it means there won’t be any changes to the hybrid setup which according to Toyota is much more efficient than before.

If you’re not too fond of these changes, you should know the Prius is about to get a complete array of custom bits and pieces developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

We still don’t have full technical specifications concerning the new generation Prius, even though the car was officially revealed almost a month ago. We do know it is 60 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 20 mm lower and that it has a 60% more rigid chassis while the thermal efficiency of the combustion engine has been increased to more than 40%.

The fourth generation Prius is actually Toyota’s first global product to utilize the newly developed TNGA platform and compared to its predecessor it will provide 10% increased fuel efficiency. It’s bound to go on sale at home in Japan before the year’s end, with other countries to follow in 2016, including India.

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