By Colin Bird on October 11, 2010
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Toyota Prius, the automaker gave its fans a sneak peek of an upcoming addition to the Prius family on Facebook.
If you look at the billboard — which, for some reason, is made of puzzle pieces — you can see the blue outline of a bigger Prius. The new hybrid looks to be a hatchback MPV body style, in the same vein that the Toyota Matrix is technically a body style of the Toyota Corolla. The only new MPV currently on sale in the U.S. is the Mazda5.
Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales, said the automaker is developing a “Prius family” of vehicles, and this new model is probably one of them, as well as the plug-in Prius due in 2012. Toyota has said it plans to launch six all-new hybrid models globally by 2012, so this model could come out soon.
We’re guessing we’ll learn more during this year’s auto show season, kicking off with the Los Angeles show in November. Automakers like to debut hybrids in California.