New Toyota Prius AWD-i revealed in LA

Toyota has launched a new version of its Prius at the Los Angeles Auto Show today (Wednesday 28th November), with the popular hybrid receiving styling tweaks and a new all-wheel drive powertrain.

Fitted with an additional electric motor on the rear axle, the new Prius offers additional grip, particularly in slippery conditions. The new motor is designed to provide drive automatically at speeds of up to 7mph, or when grip levels are low, between 7mph and 44 mph. There is no mechanical connection between the front and rear axles, so interior space and economy is barely impacted upon.

The Prius Hybrid AWD-i also receives a new nickel-metal hydride battery, designed for improved performance in cold weather, while the front-wheel drive Prius is fitted with a new lithium-ion battery.

The current generation Prius was the first model to be based on Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA), and continues to be built on the same platform. New styling details front and rear - with hints of the original Prius - differentiate the new model from the current Prius, and there is also an upgraded equipment list to arrive alongside the AWD-i version.

Following on from the LA launch, the new Prius will receive its European debut at the Brussels Motor Show in January next year. Further details and specifications will be announced then, along with a better idea of a UK on-sale date.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:28th Nov 2018

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