Updated: Sep. 26, 2008 2:16:24 p.m.
Road & Track has the first photos of a 2009 Prius wearing almost no camouflage. They report that "The general shape of the car will remain intact, but the front end will be thoroughly redesigned. Thanks to canted headlights and a steeply raked windshield and hood, the new Prius will look sportier than the current model." More significantly, "Toyota has improved its hybrid system so the electric motor plays a bigger role when driving. Therefore, don't be surprised when a slow drive to the corner market is achieved without using a single drop of gasoline."
Details, including spy shots, have begun to emerge about the next Toyota Prius. As we reported last month, the next generation of the world's best-selling hybrid will apparently be bigger, faster, and even more fuel efficient than the last.
Edmunds Inside Line adds, "The next Prius will be significantly faster, especially away from stoplights and through the range of medium speed that's most useful in urban traffic." It might also be just the first of a line of new hybrids. Edmunds comments, "Until now the Prius has been just one model, but Toyota plans to expand the Prius franchise with a range of different models as the company closes in on its bid to be making 1 million hybrids per year by the early 2010s."
TechnoRide thinks the odds "look good for a spring 2009 release in dealerships, about one year from today."
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