We have already garnered so many technical details
next-generation Prius hybrid
sedan that we are getting pretty antsy to see the vehicle in the flesh. Though it is still heavily camo'd, the first real spy pics of the green halo-car have been snapped, and we can definitely recognize the iconic windswept shape which has become a Prius
hallmark. Not entirely visible are the roof-mounted solar cells which are rumored
to make it into production. Although the new car
will grow a bit in size and get a mildly enlarged engine, efficiency is expected to increase and nickel metal hydride batteries will continue to be used in lieu of the newer but as-yet unproven lithium-based units. Expect the official V.3 Prius debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show
. Also planned are a Lexus version
of the Prius along with additional models which could make the Prius a sub-brand in Toyota's line of cars and trucks.