Toyota recently pulled the covers off of the refreshed Toyota Prius at the LA Auto Show.
The Prius has had a slightly polarizing look in this generation, but they’ve definitely toned that down for the new refreshed model. They’ve also made some interior changes borrowed some technology out of the plug-in Prius Prime, like the large infotainment display that was formerly exclusive, only to the plug-in Prius you can now get on the regular Prius and for folks that live in the Midwest or the Pacific Northwest. We now have the availability of one of Toto’s electric all-wheel drive systems. This is basically the same.
Electric all-wheel drive system that was seen in the Japanese market Prius for a while, where they put an electric motor on the rear axle and then the hybrid drivetrain still powers. The front axles is very much like the total rav4 hybrid, the Highlander, Hybrid, etc. Except that, of course, this vehicle is definitely focused towards efficiency, so we find a much smaller electric motor in the back. We don’t know all of those electric motor details just yet, but the rumor mill tells us that this is the same 7 horsepower electric motor that we find in the Japanese market Prius.
Now some people have wondered what 7 horsepower will do for you. Well, it allows the vehicle to give you a grippier start from 0 to 6 miles an hour. The electric motor will be used in that speed range and then up to about 43 miles an hour depending on available traction. It will also kick in over 43 miles.
An hour this will return to front-wheel drive operation. Remember that 7 horsepower is not the important number, but actually applied torque to the rear. Wheels is a little bit more important, especially from a stop. We don’t know that figure, but I would expect it actually is probably going to be fairly good.
It’s probably gon na be similar. What we see in the Toyota rav4, where you could probably send about 1/3 of total overall torque to the rear axle. But again, details are a little bit sketchy. Speaking of the back end, the revised rear end is definitely very different in striking versus the last model.
This definitely has dialed back the distinctive styling that we saw on that prius and made it. I think a little bit more harmonious with the rest of the Toyota lineup. I actually have to say that I wish that toda had done this design first off, because the last version was a little bit polarizing and I think this is definitely more attractive. Fuel economy comes in at 50 miles per gallon.
If you get the e all-wheel drive model, which is incredibly hot, and it is definitely one of the most efficient all the drive models you can get in the United States. If you get the front-wheel drive most efficient version 56 is your total combined school or the overall interior design is definitely Prius minimalist, but we again have those borrowed parts from the toda Prius Prime, like this Center stack right. There that’s slightly different than we had before. Overall, dashboard materials, seats and materials quality appears to be basically the same as the outgoing Prius model.
If you’re looking for a hybrid vehicle with rock crawling ability, then you probably want to take a look at the new Subaru plug-in hybrid. But if you’re looking for a hybrid with the most fuel efficiency, you can possibly get. That is definitely going to be new all-wheel-drive Prius. Expect to see this Prius on dealer lots very shortly.