The next generation Toyota Prius had originally been expected to launch in 2008, but in recent months it's been reported to have been delayed until sometime in 2009. Toyota has apparently been having problems with battery development. Reports are that they intended to use lithium ion batteries in the new Prius but have now reverted to the current nickel metal hydride batteries.
While we wait patiently for an all-new Prius, Toyota is preparing a facelift for the current model. Interestingly, it appears to be taking on some of the styling cues of other current models like the Camry and Yaris. This is contrary to statements earlier this year that future dedicated hybrids
at Toyota would take styling elements from the Hybrid-X concept