Toyota seems to be well on its way to keeping its promise, since a spy managed to snap a few pictures of the all-new Prius while it was being shipped by airplane.
The images were leaked via the Prius Club Malaysia private Facebook group.
“Confirmed for debut on September 8, the hybrid vehicle is heavily influenced by the Mirai, featuring boomerang-shaped projector headlights and a two-stage grilles configuration”.
Under the skin the new Prius is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a modular platform that will provide the basis for a number of future models. Turning up roughly the same profile, with the well-known wedge shape, the model also appears to have gained some millimeters to the overall dimensions, which means a more spacious cabin and trunk. It’s also expected to boast a 10% increase in fuel efficiency, which would put it around 55 mpg combined, although the automaker hasn’t yet released official specs on its redesigned hybrid.
The company has also suggested that the all-new Prius will be more rewarding to drive, perhaps with more road feel and tighter European roadholding and handling.
The model – crucial to Toyota’s leading environmentalist model policy – has been under the radar for years as it strived to reinvent itself as the fourth generation will live in a considerably harsher climate than its predecessors.
As of the car’s design, it still retain that high-tailed hatchback and the second glass panel that give drivers a better rearward visibility, according to Yahoo Autos.