The 2016 Toyota Prius has been caught undergoing testing in southern California.
Looking sportier than the outgoing model, the next-generation Prius has an extremely aerodynamic front fascia with a low hood, an angular lower air intake and a prominent Toyota emblem. The car also features LED headlights, an upward sweeping beltline and five-spoke alloy wheels. Other notable highlights include a sportier roofline and an evolutionary rear end.
Toyota hasn’t had much to say about the model lately but previous reports have suggested the car will have a hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.8-liter engine, an electric motor and nickel metal hydride or lithium-ion battery. This will reportedly enable the model to produce a combined maximum output of 150 PS (110 kW).
While the car’s performance specifications remain unconfirmed, Toyota executives have already confirmed the Prius will ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) and have a more accommodating cabin with “significant refinements in design, layout and ease of operation.”