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2016 Toyota Prius Taillight Teased Ahead of Reveal

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/2/2015 Jason Udy

After seven years, Toyota is ready to replace the third-generation Prius hybrid later this month. Though we've already seen the car fully uncovered in spy photos, the automaker has just released the first official teaser image of the all-new fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius : an LED taillight.

With the current model getting long in the tooth, the Prius is losing sales to full-electric vehicles such as the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, and even the Tesla Model S. Toyota hopes to change that with the new model, which is said to have improved looks, improved driving dynamics, and improved fuel economy. The current model’s roofline is said to be replaced with a more three-box design on the 2016 Prius. Fuel economy is also expected to grow from around 50 mpg combined to closer to 60 mpg combined.

Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the upcoming 2016 Prius will have a redesigned rear suspension that is said to increase interior and cargo room. The new modular vehicle platform is said to save as much as 20 percent in development costs by sharing platforms, parts, and powertrains as well as reduce production cost and improve quality and reduce repairs and maintenance.

2016 Toyota Prius Taillight Teased Ahead of Reveal

A few weeks ago, we saw a fully uncovered 2016 Toyota Prius with headlights that extend long into the hood and wrap-around rear window. Given that we've seen it in the buff already, this teaser doesn't do much to whet our appetite. Still, it's a sign we're getting closer to the media reveal of the 2016 Prius hybrid in Las Vegas on September 8.

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