The Toyota Prius has been front-wheel drive since its inception, and while the rejuvenating 2019 Prius keeps this theme alive,…
The Toyota Prius has been front-wheel drive since its inception, and while the rejuvenating 2019 Prius keeps this theme alive, it adds all-wheel drive for a little electrified peace of mind.
Toyota introduced a series of changes to the 2019 Prius, the most important of which is the addition of optional all-wheel drive. The front is the usual mix of a 1.8-liter I4 gas engine and an electric motor that drives the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. Now there is also an extra electric motor rearward that independently drives the rear wheels – but only when required.
The rear electric motor will give the rear wheel impact from 0 to 6 miles per hour, after which it will kick in as needed up to 43 km / h. Otherwise, the car will continue to function as a front-wheel drive vehicle, increasing fuel economy as otherwise it would be lost for an always-on system. Toyota estimates that AWD Prius will return 52 miles per gallon city and 48 mpg highway.
All-wheel drive will only be available on the two top trimmeres 201
9 Prius, XLE and Limited. The base L Eco trim focuses on the right economy, with an estimated fuel economy of 58 mpg city and 52 mpg highway. All other FWD variants are expected to reach 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway.
What’s interesting is that Prius will actually have two different types of batteries. While the FWD Prius will operate a lithium-ion battery, the AWD variants will use a nickel-metal hydride battery that fits the rear seat without affecting the load volume. All Prius variants have a rich 65.5 cubic foot load space and split rear seats for the long lines of the haul.
While the fourth generation of Prius has always had a love-it-or-leaves-it seems even more polarizing now that Toyota has seen the fit to get closer to the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. Standard LED headlights lost the little bit that went down the bumper, and backwards the tail lights have been lifted and rotated toward the center of the tailgate. There is nothing that does it for anything else, that’s for sure.
As before, the gauge is mounted in the middle of the dashboard, with an available playback display that provides relevant information closer to the driver’s field of vision. While the AWD models pack a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the limited trim will replace it with Prius Prime’s 11.6-inch, 11.6-inch screen.
Toyota standardized its safety systems in almost all cars and 2019 Prius is no exception. It packs the Toyota Safety Sense P package with drive auxiliary systems, including autobrake, full speed adaptive cruise control, waste warning and automatic high beam.
Toyota has not yet said when the 2019 Prius will be sold, but we’ll drive it in just two weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on Roadshow to find out if the extra electric motor is worth it.
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