Spoilers alertA group of Prius fans from Malaysia somehow got their hands on photos of the completely redesigned 2016 Prius hybrid. The scoop obviously came when someone stumbled upon the new cars in a plane's holding bay, and they are our first un-camouflaged view of the successor to the very popular 3rd generation Prius.
Some things haven't changed, like the fact that it's a hatchback with a glass window in the trunk lid, or the overall 'slippery' shape of the car that optimizes aerodynamics. Based on what Toyota execs have said so far, we can expect a bump in MPG of about 10%, which would bring the new Prius to about 55 MPG. With some luck, it'll be even more than that.The first thing that comes to mind is that there's a resemblance to the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle, pictured here:
This is no doubt what the 2016 Toyota Prius plug-in will look like. That's the most interesting Prius in the family, in my opinion, because having the ability to charge from the grid and more electric-only driving range makes a big difference in overall efficiency, especially for city driving.
This look probably also gives us an idea of what the redesigns of the smaller Prius C and bigger Prius V will look like. Both of these designs are more recent than the original Prius on which they are based, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them be at least cosmetically refreshed, if not entirely redesigned soon to keep that family look intact.