Toyota preps plug-in Prius for N.Y.

Watch out New York, Toyota has a wake-up call planned.

Or so the company says.

The automaker said Tuesday that it plans to bring “the next mechanical marvel in the Prius lineup” to the 2016 New York Auto Show, which opens to the media on March 23.

“Toyota reveals stand-out style, intelligent eco-tech,” the company announced. “The city that never sleeps is about to get a wake-up call.”

The cryptic text ended there but was accompanied by a photo showing the wrap-around LED taillights of this next Prius.

That’s it. No word on what kind of Prius Toyota has planned. But the smart money is on a plug-in version of the fourth-generation Prius that went on sale at the beginning of the year.

Spy shots that leaked out months ago showed different body styles for the mainstream 2016 Prius and its plug-in counterpart. The teaser image released by Toyota Tuesday bolsters the theory.

It’s also too early for next-generation versions of the Prius C or Prius V to debut, and the very future of those models remains in the air.

The outgoing third-generation Prius PHEV went on sale in 2012. It never caught on at the same pace as its mainstream variant, generating U.S. sales of just 42,293 vehicles in the four years it was on the market.

For now, hybrid fans will need to be plugged in to Toyota’s 9:10 am ET press conference on March 23 to find out what’s next for Toyota’s Prius family.

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