New panels are teased just moments after the car's official reveal.
If you look at the all-new Toyota Prius and your first thought is that it just doesn't look aggressive enough, then you will be glad to learn that the Toyota and Lexus specialist designers at Modellista have already worked on an extensive body kit to satisfy your needs.
This is just a preview of the catalog, so the images aren't as detailed as we'd like them to be, but they still give us a somewhat clear look at the design additions.
Much like the Crown configuration, the redesigned front makes the new Prius look like something out of Ridge Racer as its Neo Advance Style adopts a massively aggressive air dam with blue accents fitted to either end. The lower spoiler retains the foglight, but they have been reshaped to appear more robotic while serving the purpose of a canard.
We'd say that the rear is a bit less dramatic as the upper end remains unchanged, but the lower bumper has been reconfigured with a skirting that features a subtle diffuser. The profile is enhanced with an aggressive side skirt and bolder alloy wheels.
Thankfully, Modellista also designed a more subtle Elegant Ice Style kit that takes a sleeker approach to exterior modifications. This one extends the front spoiler and rear bumper with faux-exhaust outlets. Side skirts are used to complete the look. The same intricate wheel design is carried over from the more aggressive package.
The standard fifth-generation Prius looks perfectly fine, and these kits may take it too far in a boy racer direction. Still, now that the Prius is moderately brisk, some owners might want to add a bit more aggression to an otherwise svelte design.
Modellista's kits are strictly visual, and no adjustments are made to the powertrain or chassis, so the Prius seen here retains its Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and CVT. The Prius Prime PHEV gets a power output of 220 horsepower, which is suitable for a 0-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds.
The standard Prius will deliver 194 hp in front-wheel drive guise and 196 hp for the all-wheel drive model. It's not as impressive as the PHEV but still a massive jump over the previous-generation model. We're keen to see how this reinvented Prius will perform when it arrives in the first half of next year.