MOTORING NEWS - The new 2019 Toyota Prius made its debut at the LA Auto Show at the beginning of December, marking further advances in the driving capability and appeal of the world's most popular self-charging hybrid car.
Since the launch of the original in 1997, Prius has been a leader in technical innovation in selling well over 12 million of these hybrid cars.
The Prius has consistently been the pioneer in progress regarding efficiency, refinement and driving pleasure through four generations, introducing new technology throughout.
The new Prius is the first Toyota to benefit from Hybrid AWD-i, an intelligent electric all-wheel drive system that provides more sure-footed handling and peace-of-mind driving.
The smart system uses a high torque electric motor to provide extra drive through the rear axle when required. It is engineered to engage automatically when pulling away, at speeds up to 11km/h and when sensors detect low-grip conditions, such as in snow or on wet road surfaces, at speeds from 11km to 70km.
The AWD-i model features a compact nickel-metal hydride battery designed for excellent cold-weather performance. The front-wheel drive Prius is equipped with a lithium-ion battery.
The new 2019 Toyota Prius will make its local appearance in the first quarter of 2019. Local specification and AWD-i availability will be confirmed closer to the launch.
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