• Oct 16th 2008 at 12:15PM
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Click for a gallery of the 2010 Prius

It's been confirmed by our friends over at Jalopnik that the pictures you see above and in our gallery are in fact shots of the new 2010 Prius, which is set to debut officially at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Clearly, the new car's overall shape was carried over from the current model that began sales in 2004. It's probably a good idea to keep the profile very similar, considering that the Prius has become such an icon of green motoring and is instantly recognizable. What the Japanese auto giant has done is add new details and a bit more of its current design language to the aerodynamic lines of its older siblings. All we have are low-resolution shots to go on for now, so the real test is still ahead as we first lay our eyes on it in person. More to come.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      How do you explain the two different style headlights?

      Do you really think the left and right headlight will be different on the production model? There's no way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I still call the pics fake because of the headlights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now we can compare the Prius and Insight. The Insight wins hands down on the interior (but I'd prefer a dark color). I think both look really good from the outside, but I prefer the straight edges over the bubbly look this front end has.
      • 6 Years Ago
      New interior SUCKS!! Looks like a cheap ass version of a Lexus RX interior.

      I liked the Spartan/ipod/spaceship look of the last model's interior. Less buttons, hidden gear shift, more touch screen... simple, clean, nice, not car like. It gave you the impression of "This is the future of automobiles".

      If I wanted a gear shift I would buy something I wanted to change gears with... like a manual transmission.

      This new interior is like any other Toyota interior... Other than fuel economy it looks as futuristic as a Corolla. BOO ON YOU Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One headlight is a Xenon premium model.

      Second is the standard model.

      Plug-in comes 1 year later.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugly as hell!!

      I like the current prius better. I am going with Honda insight next spring.

      Damn, they reduced my choices!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        My wife wanted prius, but after seeing this one she is going to get Honda Insight. That front is just purely ugly. I kind of liked old - current version.
      • 6 Years Ago

      That's all the Toyota Corporate will allow their designer's to do?

      • 6 Years Ago
      "It's been confirmed by our friends over at Jalopnik that the pictures you see above and in our gallery are in fact shots of the new 2010 Prius,"

      Thanks for the warning!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a VAST improvement to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It used to ugly-cute. This thing is just ugly-ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It still doesn't have a stick shift. I want a 5 speed manual hybrid.

      5 speeds are cheaper, lighter, give drivers more control on the road, put more power to the ground, safer, less accidents, easier to control, and more reliable.

        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, but I must disagree with Kevin. Lets examine his claims:
        Cheaper? Hybrids are more expensive than non-hybrids due to the batteries and motors, but the Prius is comparable in price to Honda hybrids using manual transmissions.

        Lighter? The hybrid battery adds weight, but the Hybrid Synergy transaxle is comparable in weight to a 5 speed transmission, and has fewer moving parts.

        Gives drivers more control on the road, easier to control? I drove a 5 speed manual for over a decade, and automatics, and a Prius. The manual transmission is more responsive than a conventional automatic tramsmission, but both pales in comparison to the instant and continuous response of the Hybrid Synergy Drive. Shifting and clutching a manual is a hassle, especially when you hit the wrong gear or let the clutch out too fast, and handling brakes/clutch/accelerator when stopping on a hill requires 3 feet to prevent rolling backwards. The Prius, on the other hand, never hits the wrong gear and handles hills like a dream. Control is a lot easier without constant clutching and shifting.

        Put more power to the ground? With the instant torque of 2 electric drive motors always in the "right gear" and no clutch slip to worry about, the Hybrid Synergy Drive outperforms a manual transmission with an engine of comparable power.

        Safer, less accidents? Oh, you've got to be kidding. The constant driver distraction of having to clutch and shift a manual, often at inconvenient times, doesn't help safety at all, and it is extremely difficult to handle clutch/brake/accelerator to prevent rolling backwards and crashing into the car behind you when stopped on a hill!

        More reliable? Not in my experience. The Hybrid Synergy Drive has far fewer moving parts than a manual transmisison, no clutch, no torque converter, no gear shifting, and two highly reliable motors. I've had manual transmissions go bad and require extensive rebuilding, but not the Prius.

        The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive and other electric drives make conventional transmissions obsolete.
        • 6 Years Ago

        The original Insight had a 5 speed. Granted, it's more difficult to manage the hybrid system and batteries with a manual transmission, but it is possible. In fact, the 5 speed Insight had a lean burn capability, which boosted efficiency, that wasn't in the CVT version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with the posters about fuel economy. The car looks remarkably similar to the current model. The key is, how much more fuel efficient is it? I'm hoping at least 20-30% better, plus a plug-in option that would make it 50+% more efficient.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wake me up when they have a wagon version that I can buy for a reasonable amount over invoice.
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