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Spied: New Toyota Prius Shows Off More Sedan-Like Shape

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/12/2015 Kelly Pleskot

It has been a while since we last spotted the next-generation Toyota Prius, but we certainly haven't forgotten about the hybrid model that promises radical updates over the current version. Our very own associate editor Christian Seabaugh recently caught a Prius mule on the freeway near our El Segundo office, and we couldn't help but notice the car's shape has changed.

The Prius still wears heavy camouflage, despite reports that the model will debut later this year. We notice that the prototype's roofline adopts more of a three-box shape, which could mean the next Prius may look more conventional and much less polarizing than the current model. The first-generation Prius was a compact sedan with a trunk.

We wouldn't be surprised if this was the case, considering Chevrolet went with a more sculpted form for the second-generation Volt's rear. Similarly, Hyundai is preparing a Prius-fighter hybrid car that features a toned-down rear hatch.

The new Prius is expected to achieve 60 mpg, up from the car's current 50-mpg combined rating. Previously, Toyota said that its new Prius would feature more power and "greatly improved driving dynamics." Also look for a larger interior, possibly taking cues from the hydrogen-powered Mirai, that could help the car better compete with midsize sedans. The next-gen Prius will be built at Toyota's Mississippi plant.

Take a look at the shots below for a closer look at the new Toyota Prius.

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