For months, every one talked about the renovation of the Toyota Prius, and now it is at the Hall of Los Angeles where the Japanese manufacturer has decided to present the Toyota Prius 2019 , which brings important new features, such as a new hybrid system of four-wheel drive.
The veteran hybrid, originally launched on the market in 1997, now has a modified design, with new headlights or new solutions for the front and rear, as well as more options at the level of body colors, tire design and a greater endowment in terms of equipment . Its premiere in Europe will take place at the Brussels Salon, in January 2019.
This intelligent all-wheel drive system for the Prius 2019, called Hybrid AWD-i , consists of an additional electric motor for the rear axle, which supports the main one in acceleration (below 10 km / h) or when a low grip is detected (rain, snow, etc …), between 10 and 70 km / h. Toyota claims that the engine is compact and hardly reduces the capacity of the boot.
The Prius 2019, also based on Toyota’s new global platform (TNGA), incorporates a new lithium-ion battery in the front-wheel drive versions, while the AWD-i uses a hydrolyzed nickel-metal battery , specifically designed to operate at low temperatures.
In addition to new 17-inch wheels or a dark gray finish for the 15-inch hubcaps, or two new body colors (Emotional Red and Aqua Breeze), the Prius incorporates changes to the design of the cockpit controls, as well as a tray for wireless charging of smartphones, head-up display with new navigation indications or the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system .
To know more details of the new Toyota Prius 2019, and more specifically the specifications of the model for the European market, will have to wait until next January.