2016 Prius Gets Last-Minute Redesign

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Armaan Almeida was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

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, Automotive Editor - December 15, 2014

Toyota has already made a host of last-minute changes to the world's best-selling Hybrid.

What's in a look? If you're the global R&D boss man over at Toyota, a whole lot. Last year, when the final design of the 2016 Toyota Prius was submitted to Toyota's VP, Mitsuhisa Kato, for approval, he flat out rejected it.

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Why the Change?

The reason? It just didn't look good enough. So, back to work went the engineers led by Koji Toyoshima. The fuel economy champion emerged better, and after a lot of work, got the green light.

Toyota CH-R Concept

The new 2016 Prius will take design cues from Toyota's CH-R Concept (pictured above).



Toyota Prius

Design

Toyota wants the next generation Prius to look more youth-oriented. You can take that as "sportier". It also means that it will look more like a crossover than a hatchback.

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From a exterior aesthetics standpoint, the new Prius will retain the love-it-or-hate-it rear windshield, which hampers rear visibility (but boosts fuel economy). Moreover, it will feature a lower slung stance with a lowered hood and slightly more muscular shape.

Release Date

The 2016 Prius will eventually be released in November of 2015. It's an excruciating wait for those who want the best & newest. The good news is that fuel prices have fallen 46% over the last six months. For once, it's okay to just wait.

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

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