The 2019 Toyota Prius Will Be Getting All-Wheel Drive
Although the Toyota Prius has offered All-Wheel Drive in Japan for three years already, it will be available in the U.S. for the first time for the 2019 model year. The All-New 2019 Toyota Prius is expected to perform well on roads, regardless of the weather.
Toyota has named the new system AWD-E, making the Prius one of the most fuel-efficient All-Wheel Drive vehicles in the U.S. market (Car And Driver). All-Wheel Drive will only be available on the two highest trim levels of the 2019 Toyota Prius; XLE and Limited (Road Show By CNET).
The AWD-E system uses an induction motor that is coupled to the rear axle, independent from the hybrid power-train at the front of the car. The rear electric motor powers the Prius from a stop to 6 MPH, then automatically engages or disengages as needed up to speeds of 43 MPH. It is estimated that the AWD-E Prius will achieve 52 MPG city and 48 MPH highway (Car And Driver).
The style & design of the 2019 Toyota Prius will not be much different from the 2018 Prius, besides some possible exterior badging. The overall exterior look of the Toyota Prius has upgraded over the years with sleek LED headlights & taillights, and new front and rear bumpers (Car And Driver). The 2019 Toyota Prius XLE and Limited are said to have heated steering wheels and heated cloth front seats.
Toyota has also changed the name of how the different Prius’ identify themselves. They will no longer be referred to as numbers, but now grade labels. The Toyota Prius will be available in trims L, Eco, LE, XLE and Limited (Car And Driver).
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