Future Models - Toyota 2017 Prius
New York show: Toyota teases new Prius model
Light fantastic: Toyota says the Prius model that will roll-out at the New York show this year will be a “mechanical marvel” but is remaining tight-lipped about specific technical details.
Slick tail-light design hints at more sporty direction for Toyota Prius family
16 March 2016
TOYOTA will unveil a new “stand-out style” member of its eco-friendly Prius
family at the New York motor show next week, and a single teaser image suggests
that the new arrival will take the range of hybrid vehicles into sportier
While the existing range of Prius, Prius V and Prius C offers a comprehensive
line-up of practical hybrids, the brand has not yet experimented in
higher-performance and driver-focused models as some of its rivals have, but
that may be about to change.
The image released by the Japanese car-maker shows a slick rear end wearing
flowing fine-line lighting that would lend itself to a model with a lower and
wider stance than anything in the existing Prius range.
Its feint roof-line also points to a car that trades more on its styling than
pure planet-saving hybrid technology, but no other glimpses are given away in
In addition to intriguing styling Toyota describes as “stand-out”, the
car-maker also says the mysterious model showcases Intelligent Eco-Tech,
suggesting the latest member of the Prius pack may debut an evolution of
Toyota's established hybrid system.
The model is unlikely to be a replacement for any of the current Prius models
with all three either recently updated or not due for a replacement for some
time, reinforcing the theory that the car will be a fourth representative.
No family resemblance can be seen in the new tail-light design when compared to
the all-new Prius' back end, which launched in Australia earlier this month.
Numerous other car-makers have already breached the performance-focused hybrid
segment including Toyota's own luxury brand Lexus, which recently revealed a
version of its conspicuous LC500h coupe that does the zero to 100km/h dash in
under 5.0 seconds.
Quite what shape the new car will take will have to wait until its March 23
debut, but a coupe-like profile, lower ride height and wider track is a likely
scenario, not unlike Honda's Civic concept from last year's New York show or
the forthcoming Hyundai Ioniq, which also uses electrified powertrains.
The view of just one obscured rear shot does not herald a mighty tarmac-tearing
hyper-hybrid to match the McLaren P1 however, and GoAuto reserves final
judgement following a recent tail-light tease from electric car-maker
Riversimple, which emerged not as a mighty track star, but a sensible
bantamweight town car.