Images Of Next-Generation 2016 Toyota Prius

AUG 31 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 95

We figured we’d share these leaked images simply because a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Toyota Prius is coming…eventually (and will look near identical).

It’s apparent that much of the styling cues of the Toyota Mirai FCEV are present in the upcoming 2016 Prius.

Confirmed for debut on September 8, the hybrid vehicle is heavily influenced by the Mirai, featuring boomerang-shaped projector headlights and a two-stage grilles configuration. The car appears to be slightly bigger than the current model with roughly the same side profile. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the hybrid model is expected to be significantly more efficient than the third-gen Prius. Power will be provided by a hybrid system, consisting of a 1.8-liter petrol unit and an electric motor with a total output of 150 PS (110 kW).

2016 Toyota Prius

World Car Fans adds:

“Confirmed for debut on September 8, the hybrid vehicle is heavily influenced by the Mirai, featuring boomerang-shaped projector headlights and a two-stage grilles configuration. The car appears to be slightly bigger than the current model with roughly the same side profile.”

“Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the hybrid model is expected to be significantly more efficient than the third-gen Prius. Power will be provided by a hybrid system, consisting of a 1.8-liter petrol unit and an electric motor with a total output of 150 PS (110 kW).”

The plug-in version, when it arrives in late 2016 or early 2017, is expected to go up to 35 miles in all-electric mode on a single charge, according to reports.

Source: Prius Club Malaysia

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Robster

‘De gustibus non disputandem est’, but I tend to find this a very ugly car, for what it’s worth..

I love quirky cars (ie I3), but this..

Steve

Somehow it looks like a fish or a shark… I got a JAWS flashback when I saw this picture. Jaws swallows a 2009 Prius. that could be an interesting theme for the commercial:-)

These designers may have had one sushi too many 🙂

ArkansasVolt

I would have to see it in person to cast the judgement that I am thinking right now. I hope that it is like the 2016 Volt in that seeing it in person makes all of the difference.

Joe

Wait, you need to wait to see the volt2 in person to know if it looks good?

Ok.

George Bower

The statement makes sense to me. I’m hoping it looks good in person. You never can tell just from the pictures.

Mark Hovis

No HEV more than the Prius helped expand the use of batteries in the automotive sector and for that, it deserves a shining star and its place in the history books. The CD of its design and spaciousness are still valid today. As for the HEV technology, it “was” as cutting edge as the Blackberry.

Holding deliveries of the next gen PiP for a year and force feeding the Mirai while both Toyota and Lexus takes pot shots at plug ins makes it hard to support.

George Bower

I agree Mark. The Prius deserves some respect. Run the numbers on how much carbon that car is responsible for removing from the atmosphere. There’s a ton of them out there and each one cuts the carbon in half. The total accumulative effect has got to be way more than all the BEV’s put together.

Then take into account that Toyota was actually serious about selling them in quantity and it’s kudos to them.

arne-nl

“Run the numbers on how much carbon that car is responsible for removing from the atmosphere”

LOL, that’s funny. Last time I checked it was still running on gasoline, and adding CO2 to the atmosphere, not sucking it away. 😉

MIke

Less Carbon, unless you consider the amount produced by the cargo ships in importing it from the other side of the world.
The ships produce more pollution per vehicle in transport from Japan than the most cars produce over their lifetime.
If your are serious about carbon reduction, don’t import cars.

Aaron

The smallest bump to the rear of the car is going to break those large, expensive brake lights. Not a smart move… unless you’re in the business of selling large, expensive brake lights!

Boris

Toyota is taking ugly to a whole new level….

Scramjett

+10!

Fool Cells

+100000. I thought Pontiac died?

bro1999

Front view makes it look like an alien or something……either way, still hideous. But I’m sure masses of brainwashed lemmings will buy the new Prius.

Adam H

I’m not quite sure how buying the most fuel efficient and lowest emitting vehicle in the history of the automobile makes youba lemming. Oh, and its got Toyota reliability.

The Priua was, and still is, a car breaking boundaries.

Coupled with the relatively low sales volume, I think this lends to the term ‘pioneer’ as opposed to ‘lemming.’

Joshua Burstyn

“[…] lowest emitting vehicle in the history of the automobile […]”

Eh, no. BEVs can have zero emissions. Pretty hard to get below that in an HEV.

Eric Cote

“Toyota Reliability” LOL.

Toyota’s “reliability” is right in the pack with everyone else, though if you want to split hairs, Honda, Hyundai beat Toyota. GM is right in the pack too, at 4th place.

And the brand with the most costly repairs? Toyota.

http://corp.carmd.com/2014-manufacturer-vehicle-ranking.htm?subId=243

Scramjett

As a current Toyota owner…THIS! Toyota’s “reputation” for reliability has not been deserved for around 5 to 10 years now. They’re mostly skating on that reputation right now.

Raymondjram

The Volt emits less because it runs more on battery than any other except the BEVs.

Stimpy

It’s 2015 now. Many BEVs stole that “most efficient” title long ago while Toyota was wasting time with FCEVs.

Fool Cells

anything using an ICE for primary motivation is no where remotely efficient. BEVs destroy this thing.

Jim Bo

That’ll turn a few heads, and more than a few stomachs.

2 wheeled menace

Well, i had money saved to buy one of these, but i guess i’ll just wait to see what Kia/Hyundai come up with.

Too damn ugly..

ggpa

So many negative comments. Get over yourselves.

This car will sell well. Way higher numbers than any BEV. And people will actually buy this, not lease.

Toyota deserves credit for the pioneering work they did for hybrid vehicles, which paved the way for electrification.

Personally, I prefer having a BEV, but many copies this car will be sold which will reduce a great deal of oil consumption.

Anon

HYBRID MYTH.

A recent study says usage data of hybrid owners tells a different story: they drive more often and for longer distances– thus actually burning more fossil fuels than they otherwise would.

Eric Cote

Correlation does not imply causation.

Are they traveling more because they have hybrids, or do they have hybrids because they know they travel more?

Your conclusion implies the former, but the data is agnostic.

David Murray

+1 – Took the words right out of my mouth.

Anon

The data is FAR from agnostic on the issue. You seem a bit self-deluded…

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/daily-news/090717-Study-Hybrids-Mean-More-Driving-Repair-Bills-Tickets/

Maybe there IS something to Prius / hybrid drivers being @ssh0les?

sven

As opposed to snide commenters on this forum who imply that Prius / hybrid drivers are “@ssh0les”?

Perhaps your Toyota hate is clouding your judgement?

If people truly think that about Prius / hybrid drivers, just how low of an opinion do they have of BEV/EREV/PHEV drivers?

Why do EV advocates have so much hate bundled up inside themselves? Are they the ones who are arrogant and have an inflated sense of self worth, taking on the “Pious” attitude that was once attributed to Prius drivers?

Anon

The data is pretty clear: hybrid drivers generate more traffic tickets than drivers of other types of vehicles.

Paradox or not, the fact they do have a greater statistical probability to behave irrationally than other drivers, is still a fact. The title is therefore, fully deserved.

Eric Cote

That article simply did the same thing you did, it inferred that they were traveling more because they have a hybrid. Unless you want to show me where they cite before and after trip data for the now-hybrid owners?

Anon

Go read the White Paper on the study, not the popular press article talking about the study.

Duh. 😛

Drew

Correlation is not causation. I own a Volt, and drive it more “recreationally” than my wife drives her crossover. Why? Because we take the more fuel-efficient Volt any time we’re together and we don’t need the extra seating/storage space, which is 90% of the time, including the only long driving trip we’ve taken since I bought it. I drove where I wanted to go without regard to cost before I got the Volt, so I’m not driving more since I got it.

mrenergyczar

You are describing “Jevons Paradox”…

Anon

Applying said paradox is also a myth.

The internal narrative of the average hybrid owner, easily justifies driving longer distances and burning more carbon than they otherwise would. This is quite straightforward. There is no paradox, just data of increased hybrid usage and almost no carbon offsets from them.

MikeM

Well that was certainly true for me over the 10 yrs. I owned my 2005 Prius! I took many 1400 mi.round trips between Palo Alto CA and Portland OR.

Oh! Wait! That was instead of flying and renting a gas guzzler!

(And I don’t think Jevons’ Paradox allows for that).

Joshua Burstyn

Indeed Toyota deserved credit for going in a direction few others would have given the Prius’ more pedestrian styling and performance. (Witness Fiat-Chrysler who are still in denial about the inevitable move to greener vehicles.)

But that credit is in the past. Another poster here had it right – Toyota is the Blackberry of the automotive world. Toyota needs to “get over themselves” and stop dragging their feet / slamming others where real green vehicle progress is concerned.

Tim

I agree Toyota has made great strides and has established the highest MPG hybrid especially for its time.
This doesn’t mean that this second generation I deserves praise for styling. Everyone has there own opinion and voice. If it looks Good, Bad, or Bland that’s Toyota’s idea for the future, it may work or not.
All I can say is I’m glad Toyota is continuing its hybrid progress and hope they take the PHEV a little more seriously this time around

Scramjett

I think you misunderstand people’s inherent desire for a car that “looks good.” Undoubtedly “some” people will like the new design, but most will not. There is no doubt in my mind that this hideous mess will share the title of “butt ugly” with the likes of the Pontiac Aztec.

Chip

Yikes, if I was working at a Toyota dealership I would show these pictures to customers saying, better get in quick & buy a Prius now before this hideous replacement arrives. Just as well Toyota is planning a Corolla hybrid and making HSD available on a wider range of cars. It will be fascinating to see how the new streamlined Prius sells compared to hybrid Auris, Yaris & Corolla. I will be interested to find out whether this next generation Prius delivers a significant improvement in fuel economy in real world driving.

Ash09

Eh, I’m more interested in the next gen Plug-in Prius. Unless it has AWD, I doubt it’ll impress me more than the Gen 2 Chevy Volt.

Cdub

Agreed. With 35mi all electric range (if that turns out to be true) it would be a great vehicle, and more spacious than the Volt. BUUUT, since Toyota is pursuing their “fake-clean” Hydrogen approach for Mirai, I won’t be supporting the company. If I knew that my purchase of a plug-in hybrid Prius was funding the development of future, more-capable PHEVs and BEVs then Toyota would get my business again. Which would be great because I used to love Toyota but now they’re just being stupid. Processed natural gas Mirai, no thanks.

Spin

I’ll be first on line for the plug in when it is available. My 2010 Prius has about 130K on it now, and so far the only thing I’ve had to do to it is replace the tires. Even the brakes are original. All this and 50+ lifetime MPG. Still think it is ugly? Looks better and better to me every time I think about it. Besides, I’m ugly too and driving this car will make me look better.

Eric Cote

Your post echos my sentiments, except I’d replace “Prius” everywhere with “Volt” and replace 50+ MPG with 100+ MPG 😉

sven

Why not 230 MPG? Or a paltry 42 MPG in charge sustaining mode? 😉

http://images.thecarconnection.com/lrg/2011-chevrolet-volt_100226382_l.jpg

MTN Ranger

There are only five cars out of hundreds of models that beat the Volt’s 42 MPG rating. How is that paltry?

sven

In the same way that most everyone on this forum will say the 30-mile AER of the next gen Plug-in Prius is paltry compared to the 50-mile AER of the next gen Volt. The next gen Prius will be rated 55+ while the next gen Volt is only 42 MPG, which is disappointing especially when the larger 2016 Malibu Hybrid has a 45+ MPG rating. 50 is the new 40 with regards to efficiency when an ICE is powering a compact/mid-sized sedan.

50 is the new 40 with

HVACman

Per GM engineers in a recent SAE article, the Gen 2 Volt US fleet is projected to burn 1 gallon of gas for every 150 miles driven. It only gets 42 mpg when in charge-sustaining mode, but the fleet is expected to drive 80% of total miles in all-electric mode, at “infinite” mpg. SO….I’ll take the “42 mpg” Gen 2 Volt (which actually averages 150 mpg) over a 55 mpg Prius any day.

ggpa

I hope we can get more accuracy for PHEV energy usage

A volt never gets 150 miles on 1 gallon of gas.

But, a volt can drive 42 miles using one gallon of gas, followed by 108 miles using 30 kWh of electricity.

Eric Cote

“Prius will be rated 55+ while the next gen Volt is only 42 MPG”

Except that you only need to travel something like 20% of the time on electricity to beat the Prius MPG rating with the Volt, and the Volt’s battery is large enough such that 80% of trips will be ENTIRELY on electricity.

TLDR: The Volt will burn far less gasoline than the Prius unless every trip you make is in excess of 150 miles. And if it is, you need to move.

Eric Cote

Simple, I was quoting my statistics based on my driving patterns.

Stuart22

Well, somebody’s gotta like it.

It looks mad and unfriendly. It has lost the approachability of the second and third gen Prius, and probably its market invincibility as well.

BTW, the paint match between rear bumper and quarter panel is unacceptable.

Carcus

“BTW, the paint match between rear bumper and quarter panel is unacceptable.”

Really? Are you sure that’s what is going on there?

Stuart22

You have a better explanation as to the color difference?

carcus

It looks like a materials difference, not a paint difference to me. Look around at new cars (all brands) and you’ll see the same in certain lighting conditions. IOW it’s nearly impossible for painted plastics to look exactly like painted sheet metal under all conditions. Some colors/types (metallic) will show it more than others.

carcus

…. add,

I’m gonna guess that whole front nose piece is the same slightly flexible material.

Josh Bryant

Is Toyota trying to get the Prius to look more like the Miria?

That isn’t a good thing.

Mark Hovis

I see the same thing Josh, as well as with Lexus. You see it particularly in the nose design centering around the need to gather large amounts of air for cooling H2.

I give them credit for holding own to the idea. I might consider H2 as an extender, but I’d rather just ride gasoline for an EREV extender for another decade and then pumping might be behind us for good.

shane

Why so hateful? Ok, Toyota hasn’t embraced EVs as we might wish – but fine, say that you hate Toyota. But don’t berate a car historically has avoided enormous amounts of oil consumption, and as many have said, was a bridge from the old “ICE-only” through “ICE+Electric” to PHEV and then BEV. In a world where Toyota never built the Prius – how much further back on electric propulsion and battery technology and adoption do you think we’d be? Really, guys – why so angry?

Ash09

I think it’s partially because of Toyota’s rabid anti-EV stance, not just from their high ranking officials saying as much, but also their ads which attacked plug-ins as impractical. Remember that Lexus commercial that photoshopped a BMW i3 REX’s gas tank out to make it look like the plug-in only version?

That, and the fact that they’re forcing the government to waste billions of taxpayer money, both in the US and Japan, to utilize a vehicle which will be inferior in almost every way to plug-in vehicles. Why not just build a Prius with a Volt-like EV range? More people would buy that because the can use it anywhere in the US, not just parts of California like the Mirai will be limited to.

How many charging stations could California have built with the amount of money they’re spending on the few dozen hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road?

sven

How the heck is Toyota “forcing the government . . .”?

Ash09

Okay, maybe “forced” was the wrong word. I suppose “lobbied” may be more appropriate. No doubt the fuel cell lobby is trying hard to convince California that hydrogen is clean and practical. Never mind that the infrastructure and hydrogen currently cost an arm and a leg, can only serve a small number of cars per station a day, and have numerous reliability issues.

This means that the govt is spending lots of taxpayer money to support hydrogen, but so far at least we’re not seeing much ROI as say, building lots of charging stations around the state would have done for EV’s.

It might make more sense in Japan, where they are completely reliant on oil imports, and are a bit leery of EV’s needing electricity to charge up after that 2011 tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear reactor incident. Plus Japan is a lot smaller than the continental US, or even California, so building hydrogen stations there would make a little more sense.

But because of that, they’re also trying to convince California lawmakers that fuel cells are better than EV’s, so they should get way more money than plug-ins. And sadly it seems they’re still fooling the politicians with it.

Grady

Close up of the front bumper and grill.
comment image

Randy

Nice stereo. Sort of. Now how about the bumper and grill?

What are these cars doing in a plane?

Raymondjram

They will be drop tested without a parachute.

Carcus

I don’t know what everybody here is crying about.. 99% of the cars on the road today look like the other 99% of cars on the road today.

What we have here is a tiny challenge to the herd mentality ….. and I, for one, like it.

Ambulator

I generally like it. The slant eyed headlights are particularly appropriate for a Japanese car. The Mirai look makes the front a little busy, but not as bad as an actual Mirai. The rear hatch looks a little Voltish.

By moving to a 20 mile range the plug-in version will be useful instead of pointless like the outgoing version. How well it will perform without the engine is still a question.

I’ve never understood the hate of the looks of the Prius. Their primary distinguishing attribute seems to me to be that the hood angle matches the windshield angle. It’s not that easy for me to even notice.

Boris

So going after an ugly girl would make someone not have a hurd mentality? I think not. I was thinking of getting this car (if it has awd) but not any more, simple as that…

Carcus

Simple,… indeed….

Scramjett

Dude, I would not characterize some one who buys plugins as following the “herd.” Herd mentality would be buying ICE vehicles. I for one appreciate uniqueness, but only if it’s good uniqueness. The 2nd & 3rd gen Prius we’re good uniqueness. This is not.

I also appreciate balancing uniqueness with conventional styling and Tesla knocked that one out of the park! GM didn’t do too badly on that with the Volt either.

David Murray

Good point. And styles do change over time and what was considered stylish in decades past no longer is. So the real question is will this vehicle set a new trend, or be a Pontiac Aztek?

EV fanatic

Looks stylish. Hope they didn’t sacrifice Cd or trunk space. Hope the Prius V comes out with 3rd row seats, AWD, and maybe slightly bigger dimensions and more powerful engine.

Jeff Songster

I don’t hate the look… kinda like the top half of the front end… just getting tired of the gaping catfish mouth and gills looks. The side looks like its best view. Time for a truly innovative EV now Toyota… to show us you still have IT. This rehashed Prius and fool cell Mirai fail in that regard. Even the plug in version is just catching up to VOLT 1.0.

Speculawyer

Looks like they copied from the Chevy Volt design. Interesting. Perhaps they can learn how to make a better drivetrain like Volt’s drivetrain too. 😉

Scramjett

Ummm, no? Volt looks way better than this hot mess! More like they took the mirai blueprints and 2nd gen Prius blue prints and used Conan’s “celebrity mashup” software.

Braben

The Prius was never a good-looking car, although the 3rd generation was more approachable. This new one looks horrible IMO, taking cues from one of the most ugly vehicles ever designed (the Mirai). It’s a shame really, since this will probably be the most efficient gas-driven vehicle on the roads. But this design will deter potential buyers, at least outside Japan.

Scramjett

Wow, I see Toyota’s engineers have been hitting the sake again! The Mirai was bad enough, but twice with a similar design? That’s just horrible. Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times? Let’s hope we won’t have to find out!

ggpa

So far you posted 6 times on this page. 5 times to tell us this car is ugly. That is a lot of baggage. Time to let it all go.

Raymondjram

Yes, let it and the two cars out of the plane over the Pacific Ocean.

Scramjett

Done! 😀

Scramjett

Haha, I think you just took offense to my “you misunderstood people’s desire for a car that looks good” comment!

BTW, you can insult me all you want. I’m not an easy person to offend! 🙂

ggpa

Scramjett, I was not offended, I was observant and factual.

Anon

Not a fan of the Vivisection / Skin Flap style. Makes the car’s form quite unattractive and fragile looking.

EEStorFanFibb

I like my gen 2 prius much better than the Gen 3 or this thing… so many nice cars out there these days… why is Toyota going in the opposite direction? I’m sure it will be reliable and perform well but cmon.

offib

Oh dear… I wouldn’t touch any of this unless if it was the PiP. Hoping the range claimed I delivered with a boost to performance/response.

Still… Hell, that Prius looked pissed. When I first saw it on ABG, it seemed to look at it bring so resentful for being designed liked this.

carcus

What I like about this car is it looks like someone actually tried to create something. It doesn’t look like it was computer generated from a focus group intent on not offending anyone in the market demographic — which is what we usually get.

Any good work of art will polarize opinions.

But hey, … when all the 99 per centers live in cookie cutter houses, listen to cookie cutter music and drive cookie cutter cars, you might expect the majority to polarize towards the negative.

Anyone care for a Chevy Cruze and a Taylor Swift?

Foo

These new Prii just look angry.

mr. M

front: i like it
back: not so much, especially because the trunk is so small (roof is going down instead of a real hatchback, e.g. A3 style)

Bill Howland

Although never having owned any Toyota, I’m glad they are improving the PIP with around 30 mile range on electricity, and if they price it so that it isn’t much more than the regular Prius they’ll sell a HUGE amount PHEV’s. Even the 10-15 mile range former PIP I’m starting to see popping up everywhere, including HALF of the EV’s charging at the NYS Fair on Sunday (Ok, my ELR was the other 1/2 after the I3 left).

In WNY, the regular prius is a very popular vehicle. If only a minority of them eventually became 15, or 30 mile range PHEV’s, they would have more effect in this area than any other EV. Right now, the decent popularity (compared to other regions) of the Volt is starting to slowly electrify this area, emphisizing SLOWLY.

Tesla? I might see one a month in my area, and Now that my ex-Roadster is in Texas, I never see another. I see many more Teslas and Roadsters driving around Southern Ontario (a richer area in another country).

Bill Howland

Although never having owned any Toyota, I’m glad they are improving the PIP with around 30 mile range on electricity, and if they price it so that it isn’t much more than the regular Prius they’ll sell a HUGE amount PHEV’s. Even the 10-15 mile range former PIP I’m starting to see popping up everywhere, including HALF of the EV’s charging at the NYS Fair on Sunday (Ok, my ELR was the other 1/2 after the I3 left).

In WNY, the regular prius is a very popular vehicle. If only a minority of them eventually became 15, or 30 mile range PHEV’s, they would have more effect in this area than any other EV. Right now, the decent popularity (compared to other regions) of the Volt is starting to slowly electrify this area, emphisizing SLOWLY.

Teslas? I might see one a month in my area, and Now that my ex-Roadster is in Texas, I never see another. I see many more Teslas and Roadsters driving around Southern Ontario (a richer area in another country).

Nix

I’m sure it will find its own market share of car buyers.

But Toyota is mistaken if they think they can target their same old green car enthusiasts that they sold a Prius to a decade ago. Many of them have moved on from just a non-plugin Hybrid.

Toyota will need to find a new set of buyers for this Prius, as old owners move on to greener pastures (and greener plug-in alternatives). Maybe that is why they have chosen such a controversial aesthetic design?

Stephen Hodges

Makes me begin to appreciate the good looks of my Leaf… now I never thought I would say that! Now I worry that Nissan will feel the need to compete.

Randy Sampson

I own a Prius. It’s by far my most favorite of all cars I’ve owned. I think this one looks better than the last generation, not worse. I’ll be considering it, the Volt and any other Hybrid that comes on the market when I buy a new car next year. Any of them will cut carbon emissions more than the non-hybrid comparison. Battery driven vehicles are fine for local commuting, but if you need a car for long distance driving … they haven’t arrived yet unless you have $75K in your back pocket. And even then, the resources to charge them up in a timely manner are not in place and won’t be for a number of years, which makes them unpractical for my needs.

Phr3d

so we’re done with the cartoony, happy-bumblebee faces.. nah, couldn’t be..
At least we get to keep saving metal with the 4.5 foot fender-lights, until we figure out how to replace all sheet metal forward of the cabin with one head-side-under-over light and look like the ass of a Firefly.. stinger optional, of course.
“Man, your car looks like Ass..”
“YEAH, Great Isn’t It? and the Stinger plugs in!”

Jens Martin

Hahahaha… It looks like a car from sci-fi movies from the 90’s. I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing, but at least it’s a very original design. 🙂