Toyota Prius 2016 release date: Hybrid may be out in Germany next month; Spy cam photos reveal some features


The Toyota Prius 2016 is not expected to debut until at least fall this year but internet leakers have posted some pretty interesting information that eager fans can chew on for the meantime.

Green Car Reports posted on its site a possible prototype of the vehicle has been videotaped while covered in camouflage. From what the report gathered, it looks pretty similar to the vehicles previously caught test driving in the streets. Sightings of a prototype have been reported as early as 2013 and ahead of the unveiling, fans are relegated to speculate on the hybrid’s features for the meantime.

Another website, Autocar, based in UK, seemed to have better luck as it spotted the Prius test driving ahead of its expected debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.

According to the site’s description, the photos indicate that the Prius will still use an all digital array with updated software and graphics. It is also expected to showcase a central console design with a larger screen for its infotainment system. It is also consistent with the “stiffer and lighter” thrust that Toyota is gunning for with its TNGA platform.

The vehicle is expected to combine a 1.8 liter gas engine with an electric motor which can produce 134 bhp and 76 mpg. It is also expected to offer options for hybrid and conventional options.

Meanwhile, a report by Autoblog showed spy cam images of the interior describing the design of the interior as well as changes to the infotainment system.

The report said Toyota made modifications to the design so that fans of the Prius can still enjoy the old functionalities and enjoy the less cluttered structure.

Automobile reporter said that the new Prius will use Toyota’s new TNGA platform which will be very efficient in terms of higher fuel economy than the current one.