The new 2019 Toyota Prius made its debut at the LA Auto Show last week, marking further advances in the driving capability and appeal of the world’s most popular self-charging hybrid car.
Ever since the launch of the original in 1997, Prius has been a leader in technical innovation, making progress in efficiency, refinement and driving pleasure through four generations.
It has been a consistent pathfinder for useful new technologies.
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 peaceof-mind driving.
The smart system uses a hightorque 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 is in snow or on wet road surfaces at speeds from 11km/h to 70km/h.
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.
*Fourth gen Prius featured on image.