Toyota teases NY-bound new Prius model, could be the plug-in

Toyota has released an intriguing teaser image of a new Prius model set to be revealed in full next week at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The attached teaser image shows the car’s rear end featuring significantly different taillights compared to the 2016 Prius. While the regular model has vertical clusters, this new model will have boomerang-shaped lights that extend onto the trunk lid and are interconnected on the upper section by a central horizontal bar. The new arrangement seems to work better and appears more streamlined, but we will reserve our final judgment for the fully revealing pics.

As for the car’s identity, it’s not known at this point, but perhaps Toyota will unveil the plug-in hybrid derivative. Let’s not exclude the possibility of the Prius c hatchback or the Prius v MPV, but we are inclined to believe it will be the plug-in hybrid set to battle the 2017 Chevy Volt.

In terms of fuel economy, we remind you the regular 2016 Prius can do an EPA-estimated 58 mpg city / 53 mpg highway / 56 mpg combined if you go for the more efficient Eco version. The standard model still manages to achieve an impressive 54 mpg city / 50 mpg highway / 52 mpg combined.

Described as being Toyota’s “next development in its new Prius lineup”, the model will be introduced on March 23 at the 2016 New York Auto Show where it will share the spotlight with the 2017 Highlander.

Source: Toyota

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