Toyota to offer AWD system for 2019 Prius range

The Toyota Prius will be the first model from the manufacturer to offer its hybrid AWD-i technology.

Toyota’s 2019 Prius range will be available with an electric all-wheel drive system, which uses an additional high-torque electric motor to provide extra drive through the rear axle when required.

The AWD technology is engineered to engage automatically when pulling away at speeds up to seven mph. When sensors detect low-grip conditions, such as snow or wet and slippery surfaces, it engages at speeds between seven and 44mph.

The hybrid AWD-i model features a new, compact nickel-metal hybrid battery designed for cold weather performance; the front-wheel drive Prius is equipped with a new lithium-ion hybrid battery and also features a range of other updates, including refreshed exterior and interior styling.

Along with new headlight units and new combination lamps at the rear, changes were made to the equipment specifications which include an increase in size for the wireless charging tray to accommodate larger smartphones; turn-by-turn navigation directions added to the head-up display functionality; and a multimedia Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen that offers faster response and can be operated using pinch and flick gestures familiar from smartphone use.

Toyota unveiled the all-new Prius 2019 AWD-i at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will make its first European appearance at the Brussels Motor Show on January 18.

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