The new 2019 Toyota Prius makes its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today (28th November 2018), marking further advances in the driving capability and appeal of the world’s most popular selfcharging hybrid car.
Ever since the launch of the original model in 1997, Prius has been a leader in technical innovation, making evergreater progress in efficiency, refinement and driving pleasure through four generations. It has also been a consistent pathfinder for advanced, useful new technologies.
Maintaining this distinguished record, the new Prius is the first Toyota to benefit from Hybrid AWDi, a new, intelligent, electric allwheel drive system that provides more surefooted handling and peaceofmind driving.
The smart system uses an additional 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 10 km/h, and when sensors detect lowgrip conditions, such is in snow or on wet and slippery road surfaces, at speeds between 10 and 70 km/h. The unit is compact and lightweight, with no centre differential or fronttorear driveshaft, so there is minimal intrusion in boot space and little compromise in Prius’ exceptional fuel economy and low emissions.
The Hybrid AWDi model features a new, compact nickelmetal hydride hybrid battery designed for excellent cold weather performance; the frontwheel drive Prius is equipped with a new lithiumion hybrid battery.
The current Prius has already taken the driving experience to a higher level with its first use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GAC platform, securing unprecedented dynamic performance and ride comfort with a lower centre of gravity and significantly increased body rigidity.
The latest evolution of Prius’ styling gives the car a cleaner look that engages the senses more strongly than ever. Sharp, slim new headlight units emphasise a sweeping horizontal line that evokes a wide and planted stance and feature new bibeam LEDs that give a wider field of illumination. The peak point of the bumper has been raised to generate a coherent, flowing line down the sides of the car, producing a more dynamic, flowing silhouette.
At the rear, new combination lamps again focus the eye on a strong horizontal line to emphasise the car’s low centre of gravity and are fitted with newdesign light guides. The powerful effect is heightened by a new inverted trapezoid shape integrated in the tailgate around the licence plate. The 2019 changes include the addition of two strong new colours – Emotional Red and Aqua Breeze – a new 17inch alloy wheel design and a new contrast dark grey finish for the 15inch wheelcaps.
In the cabin the sensory quality has been enhanced with small but telling changes to the centre console arrangement and some of the controls on the instrument panel. New cloth upholstery finishes have been introduced, adding to the overall smarter and more refined interior. Changes to the equipment specifications include an increase in size for the wireless charging tray to accommodate larger smartphones; turnbyturn navigation directions added to the headup display functionality; and a multimedia Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen that offers faster response and can be operated using “pinch and flick” gestures familiar from smartphone use.