Spy photos capture next-generation Toyota Prius weeks before debut – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Toyota has worked hard to keep the next generation of its popular Prius hybrid under wraps, but its efforts were undone by an automotive spy photographer in Malibu this week.

The photographer snapped shots of the new Prius, the hybrid’s fourth generation, as the automaker was readying the car for its own photo shoot and briefly removed the tarp shrouding the vehicle.

What was revealed was a dramatically restyled vehicle that mostly forgoes the current model’s eco-chic egg shape for more conventional car styling.

The new Prius, which is to have its official unveiling Sept. 8 at a Toyota dealers conference in Las Vegas, looks far more conventional — like a current Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra — than previous generations of the hybrid. It won’t stand out on the road as a green car statement as much as the current and previous versions.

It is sportier, with a short snout, stretched windshield and wraparound headlights. The car looks lower to the ground, which would lower its center of gravity and improve the Prius’ often-criticized driving characteristics.


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