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New spy photos of Toyota's next-gen Prius have surfaced on the web, and for the first time we're looking at an actual prototype rather than a mere mule built out of pieces and parts from the current-gen Prius. The new spy shots reveal that the 2010 Prius will indeed retain the current five-door hatchback shape of the current model but will grown in both length and width. While NextAutos is reporting that the Prius will become more powerful with a larger engine (Car and Driver reports that a 1.6L Atkinson four-cylinder will replace the current 1.5L from the old Echo), we're hearing that it will continue to use nickel-metal hydride batteries rather than newer lithium-ion batteries. Toyota is, after all, building a whole new factory in Japan to produce more nickel-metal hydride batteries that should be operational in 2010. Even with the larger engine, the new Prius will get better gas mileage than the current model, and the Prius range is expected to grow at some point with new models like a station wagon and convertible. The next-gen Prius that will kick things off is expected to debut at this year's Detroit Auto Show in January

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      • 6 Years Ago
      it looks like something that volkswagon threw away.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the love of Pete. Can't Toyota build some design interest into this thing? It's a cross between an Aztek, an old Civic hatchback, and that ugly chick from Accounting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I heard that Prius will become a brand like Lexus and Scion. It will have three cars of varying sizes with this next gen prius fitting the middle size. So there will be a smaller "Prius" and a larger "SUVius" or "MiniVanPrius"

      But a larger Prius just might get more SUV owners off the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a feeling it will be more of a sub-marque, like Cutlass or Lumina used to be.

        Prius MUV (Large people/stuff mover - hatch or mini-minivan)
        Prius Touring (Mainstream midsize sedan)
        Prius SportCoupe (Small w/ performance)
        Prius EcoCoupe (Small, MPG optimized)

        You could do this all with two basic chassis and two ICE options.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the front looks like a honda more than a toyota, could it be the honda's prius rival?
      • 6 Years Ago

      HYBRID MEANS two types of technologies that are combined together...today it's battery/IC, tomorrow it'll be something else...it's a start....and a step in the right direction.

      If you have better ideas, we are all ears.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Better then current fuglymobile, reminds me of the Honda Hybrid. Not bad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I meant it as a compliment that it looks better reminding me of the Insight, sorry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i hope you mean the insight, cause the honda civic hybrid is the best looking hybrid out there right now by far.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even with an increase in milage, following the same "bigger, wider, heavier, more powerful" iteration doesn't seem like the route to take with what is supposed to be an ultimate economy car. To say nothing of sticking with older battery tech and remaining a parallel hybrid.

      Of course the Volt and other "upcoming" hybrids are have no certainty until the reviews start coming in and units are available for purchase, but I'd have to say that Toyota seems to be leaving the door open at least a little for the competition.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "following the same "bigger, wider, heavier, more powerful" iteration doesn't seem like the route to take with what is supposed to be an ultimate economy car"

        Totally agree. It's this mentality that drives me nuts about ALL product refreshes in the auto industry. They ALWAYS have to make them bigger and heavier. This stupid mentality is one of the primary things that's led us to ~4000lb family sedans and "small" pickup trucks that measure up to the half-tons from 15 years ago.....

        Yes, the mileage might be "as good" as the previous generation. But the laws of physics dictate it would be even better if they kept the same footprint of the old car....
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are right about that, but i think Toyota thinks that the competition will NOT be there. And in many ways it is a possibility.

        Look GM has the Tahoe, and they are not selling that thing, people are not ready to buy MPGs from GM, so it is possible that Volt will falter. Honda also shown inability to sell hybrids.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Betting the competition won't step up is exactly what got the big 2.x where they are now. Not an example I'd want to follow if I were Toyota.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Even with an increase in milage, following the same "bigger, wider, heavier, more powerful" iteration doesn't seem like the route to take with what is supposed to be an ultimate economy car."
        i agree with you, how about offering a stripped model?
      • 6 Years Ago
      what was it's 'ring time?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Apparently it'll burn more gas than an M3 doing the same lap time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        20 minutes
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh. As much as I like the Prius, it does not need to be bigger, nor does it need more power - I'm sure if those two didn't increase, the mpg numbers would increase even more.

      That, and cars don't have to keep getting bigger...it just doesn't make sense to me
      • 6 Years Ago
      Article says:
      "One of the ways in which Toyota will pull off this trick new packaging is by replacing the current car’s nickel-metal hydride batteries with smaller lithium-ion units."

      Autoblog says:
      "we're hearing that it will continue to use nickel-metal hydride batteries rather than newer lithium-ion batteries."

      Anyone know who to believe?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right now the shortage on LiIon batteries is so bad it's not even funny. I've been trying to get a hold of an MSI Wind laptop with a 6-cell battery, and they're unobtainium thanks to the battery shortage.

        The battery supply situation needs to be ironed out before Toyota can start putting Lithium into their Priora. I think there may be some technical issues as well involving heat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Weird... I know there's a shortage on NiMH, but didn't know there was on LiIo. Guess it makes sense with all the consumer electronics using them these days. The LiPo used in R/C aircraft are still readily available.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they should just drop the driveline into the Matrix and Carolla and stop with this UGLY thing

      why does this car have to be so UGLY??? I don't get that part.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To differentiate it from other vehicles. Honda has a Civic Hybrid with performance similar to a prius, but nobody cares because it looks like everything else.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly, people want to stand out showing that they are trying to save the environment by driving a car packed full of batteries. Personally I would rather have more Atkinson cycle engines out there without the added weight of the batteries and electric motors. Make a small car with a very efficient gasoline engine and let the less weight of not having batteries help with the overall mileage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well everyone says people want bigger and faster cars, this Prius is the first generation of cars that will come after the big CAFE increase. But it was concieved before new laws, so i think we should expect cars to stop growing after say 2015, say new Malibu will probably stay the same in size but it will have bigger engine and better MPG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cars have to keep getting bigger! I mean, you can't possibly expect an American family of four to fit in a 110-inch-wheelbase, 72-inch-wide sedan, can you? Impossible! Right now said family has no choice but to get a three-row behemoth SUV.

        That or stop acquiring piles of crap and schlepping them everywhere we go, and get used to not having a two-foot buffer in all directions, but we know that's not going to happen.
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