Ladies and gentlemen of green affiliation, the wait is over – the fourth generation Toyota Prius, the world’s most famous hybrid vehicle – has been photographed completely undisguised.
The model – crucial to Toyota’s leading environmentalist model policy – has been under the radar for years as it strived to reinvent itself as the fourth generation will live in a considerably harsher climate than its predecessors. Among the crop of competitors in the segment, the upcoming Prius also has to deal with the increased demand for crossovers and SUVs that have plagued the rest of the traditional body styles because of rising consumer confidence (in the US especially) and the worldwide drop in gasoline prices.
For the time being, expecting its release that has already been postponed in the past to the start of September (September 8, more precise), the Prius has been caught by the eager spies on camera without any sort of camouflage. The hybrid model has taken numerous design cues from the Mirai fuel cell electric car, delivering boomerang-shaped projector headlights and a two-stage grille setup. Turning up roughly the same profile, with the well-known wedge shape, the model also appears to have gained some millimeters to the overall dimensions, which means a more spacious cabin and trunk. The front and back design might not be to everyone’s liking but most certainly the new Prius can’t be accused of being dull, as it was the case with the outgoing generation.
The Prius is also Toyota’s first new vehicle to make use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and is claimed to be more efficient than ever. Power comes courtesy of the well known hybrid system an makes use of a 1.8-liter petrol unit and an electric motor for a total delivery of 150 PS (110 kW). The new battery pack will offer a bigger all-electric range – up from 11 miles (17.7 km) to 35 miles (56 km).