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The world’s most popular hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, is getting a new look, and here are the first photos of it.

Caught earlier as a mule, with the new front welded to the old body, these are the very first photos of the completely new 2010 Toyota Prius due to bow at the Detroit auto show in January.

The new Prius has grown, and is now longer and wider; rear seat passengers have gotten more space, and the cargo area is bigger. Rumors suggest a whole family of Prius models - could that mean a wagon and maybe even a convertible with the Prius badge?

Insiders in Japan are talking about more power and better fuel economy. There might even be a plug-in version this time that will be even more fuel efficient. Toyota will change the Prius' NiMh batteries for lighter and smaller lithium-ion batteries. The lithium-ion will not just make it possible to have a smaller battery back, but will hold more energy as well.

Other news about the Prius: The roof will get solar cells to power the air conditioning, and it will be built in a new plant in Mississippi.

2010 Toyota Prius spy shots

2010 Toyota Prius spy shots

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2010 Toyota Prius spy shots

2010 Toyota Prius spy shots

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2010 Toyota Prius spy shots

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  1. The design is slowly getting there.
    I just wish that Toyota will make the design more mainstream and normal. Yes, I'm sure they want to differentiate its Prius from the other cars, but some people just want to blend in with the crowd.
    I think as the years go by, the design will get a bit more mellower.
     
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  2. I ignored pretty much all of this except for the part that mentioned a Hybrid Convertible.
    THAT will sell.
     
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  3. that's the first i've heard they committed to lithium ion batteries. I was just checking my local toyota dealer's website and they have 7 Matrix's and the cheapest one is 19000. guess toyota isn't planning any sub-20K hybrid vehicles.
     
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  4. Fugly is the future....
     
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  5. someone trying to get attention, that's the old Prius with photoshop. The new Prius has a glass top, info from Toyota. I know cuz i work for them...
     
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  6. Yeah, zkid, there's no way a glass top would be some sort of extra-cost option, would it? There is no way this is a Photoshop job. I'm sick of people complaining about the Prius' design. It looks that way because it's the most aerodynamic shape, which helps make it a fuel-efficient as possible. Oh, and see that rear spoiler? It detaches so you can chop vegetables with it. I know cuz I work for them...
     
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  7. Ever hear the old saying "if it isnt broken then why fix it?" Did you ever think that part of why the Prius gets the mileage it does goes to the body shape?? If they made the car more 'mainstream' in apearance would it get the same sort of mileage, or would it get only 'mainstream' mileage?
    And in my experience, prius owners like the 'different' appearance of their cars.
     
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  8. looks like it has a nice profile... higher belt line. more muscular and beefy. looks pretty dope. nice alloys as well
     
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  9. Looks like a Honda front and Cadillac rear...
     
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  10. Dopes, the Prius looks that way because of wind resistance, not to differentiate it just for marketing reasons. If you want proof, check out Honda's "prius-killer", it looks exactly the same.
     
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  11. Besides, who wants to blend in with the crowd. Where are you from, Delaware?
     
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