Toyota automakers hinted that an all-wheel drive option for the 2019 Toyota Prius will be available. An official announcement may be made at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show when the new model year makes its debut.
An all-wheel-drive Toyota Prius has been available in Japan since 2015. However, this option has never been made available to the North American market, which only has a front-wheel-drive option.
No official confirmation has been made as of yet. However, Toyota automakers has released a teaser showing a 2019 Toyota Prius navigating through an icy road. The image is accompanied by the slogan “performs on roads whether snowy or clear.”
Naturally, one would speculate that this is a strong indicator of an all-wheel-drive platform. The all-wheel-drive variant in Japan utilizes an E-Four system where the electric motor is connected to the rear axle. This automatically activates or deactivates rear-wheel-drive based on road conditions. The E-Four is also beneficial in the sense that it takes up minimal cargo space in the rear.
There is also speculation that the 2019 Toyota Prius will get a redesign. However, based on the teaser image, the next model year appears to have very similar design characteristics as the current 2018 Toyota Prius. The frontal area, though, is not visible, so a redesigned fascia, grille, and headlights are possible.
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