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28 11 2018 01

Toyota updated their long-running hybrid and the 2019 Prius range does look fresher but more importantly has a new all-wheel drive. The Japanese carmaker reckons it could prove a bestseller in more adverse climates and the system uses an electric motor to power the rear-wheels independently.

Toyota praises the new drive as an expansion on their slogan and writes “let’s go more places, in more conditions” in the accompanying press release. A less catchy perhaps but more accurate manner to describe the AWD-e system for the 2019 Prius is to say: “The Prius AWD-e uses an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor to power the rear wheels from 0 to 6 mph, then when needed, up to 43 mph.”

This is not the only feature in which the new Prius differs from other hybrid models in the new range. The Prius AWD-e sees Toyota return to their nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) chemistry for the battery, yet in a newly designed housing. The battery pack sits under the rear seat and is said to perform better in cold weather conditions.

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