When Toyota released a few shadowy teaser images earlier this week, we noticed decals with the words “Hybrid Reborn” on some of the body panels. At the time, we assumed the new model we were looking at was the Prius, and today, the Japanese automaker confirms our suspicions. In a new official preview, we get to learn that the electrified model in question is actually the fifth-generation Prius – a perfect hybrid.
In addition to knowing the model identity, we also know when the all-new HEV will premiere on Wednesday, November 16 as Toyota says the debut is scheduled for 1:30pm local time. That means Americans will see it on Tuesday, November 15 at 11:30 PM ET while Europeans will discover the car on Wednesday, November 16 at 4:30 AM GMT.
When the wraps are off, expect a svelte look to maximize performance courtesy of a sleek body with a low drag coefficient. If the headlights look a little familiar, that’s because the Crown Sport compact crossover previewed earlier this year for the Japanese market has a similar LED signature up front. The sloping roofline strongly suggests that the new Prius will be a hatchback/liftback and possibly another Prius hybrid with plug-in capabilities.
Arriving likely in the United States as a 2024 model year, the overhauled Prius should take performance up a notch. With Toyota experimenting with hydrogen-fueled combustion engines, a third version of the eco-friendly car is rumored to arrive mid-decade with ICE’s dose of hydrogen.
Lest we forget, Toyota has already announced that it will install solid-state batteries in a hybrid production car by 2025. Given the importance of the Prius in the hybrid automotive scene, it would make sense for the popular HEV to be an early adopter of the technology.