Toyota has built itself into the industry's standard-bearer when it comes to hybrids, and it isn't going to let the poster child for gas-electric vehicles get stale on the market. These spy shots captured in California are our first good look at the next-generation Prius, which could come to market wearing a 2015 model year designation.

Even though it looks like Toyota may have blown its annual camouflage budget on this mule, we can clearly see that it will have the same iconic half-moon design that has been with the car since 2003. If so, this goes against reports from last year that suggested the car would be getting a different look inspired by the 2013 NS4 Concept. Although, this could also indicate that the Prius family will continue to grow – adding a new sedan – to the existing Prius C, Prius V and Prius Plug-In lineup.

These spy shots also give us an indication as to what the interior will look like, with a more stylish three-spoke steering wheel and an instrument panel design that sort of reminds us of a BMW. On the other hand, all the tape, cobbled together pieces and lack of space for a center stack display screen has us thinking this isn't what the final product will resemble.

As for what will be powering the 2015 Prius, we hear that updated versions of the current electric system and engine will be employed, but it will carry over the nickel metal hydride batteries found in today's model. Still no word on the rumored possibility of all-wheel-drive system, either. In addition to a new design and updated powertrain, it sounds like production of the next-generation Prius could be making a move to the US, joining the line at Toyota's Tupelo, MS plant.

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      That dashboard is from a CT200h, but the steering wheel looks the same as the new RAV4. I don't think you can draw much from that interior shot. I can't see Toyota going to a conventional IP on the regular Prius.
        • 2 Years Ago
        thanks for the info. I think they just took some functional parts of the bin. and for motor and battery testign you don't neet a fancy digital dashboard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interior seems to have bits and pieces of current Lexus CT hybrid parts attached for testing prototype only. Not a real representation of the next gen Prius.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes, this is a test mule. The design was frozen a several months ago, so the actual prototypes won't be out for awhile.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is in no way the final interior, at all. Google the Lexus CT200h. The entire dash is lifted from that (climate control, vents, instrument cluster, etc.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Darth Vader, are you in there?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw it going 405 north yesterday
      • 2 Years Ago
      Test mule. End of story.
      Healthy Chap
      • 2 Years Ago
      Michigan manufacturer plates had me a bit confused at first, had to look for older spy pictures of Toyotas. Do they have facilities there?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Healthy Chap
        There is a large R&D center they built a few years ago off US23, just south of Ann Arbor.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wrapped up it looks much like the current Prius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw it on Sepulveda in El Seguno yesterday. I always wonder what "normal" (non car enthusiast) people think when they see a camo-d vehicle like this rolling down the road...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another crap from turdyota
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tampon on wheels...
        • 2 Years Ago
        Ya.. your 12 mpg pickup makes you such a man.
          Kevin Chen
          • 2 Years Ago
          Wait, that would just make him go cry back to his mom. Bobby, at least your offspring can blame you for affecting their future, that is if there was a Mrs.
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