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Toyota Prius adds intelligent all-wheel drive for 2019

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  • New Toyota Prius out there with intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i) for the primary time
  • The subsequent step within the self-charging hybrid driving expertise, offering added peace of thoughts and help for the driving force
  • New Prius additionally adopts recent styling parts, new inside trims and enhanced gear options
  • Second-generation Toyota Security Sense offered as normal on all variations

The Toyota Prius is the world’s unique and best-selling self-charging hybrid automotive, with a heritage of technical innovation and management that spans greater than 20 years. Now Prius is taking the subsequent step ahead within the hybrid driving expertise with the introduction of an intelligent, electrical all-wheel drive system.

Optionally obtainable on the brand new 2019 Prius, AWD-i is a compact and light-weight system that operates routinely to help the driving force in widespread situations the place additional grip is required. The system engages when the car pulls away from standstill, and at greater speeds when it detects a lack of traction, for instance on snow, ice and moist roads. The result’s a safer drive in troublesome circumstances and added peace of thoughts for the driving force.

The system has been engineered particularly for Prius and its mild weight and electrical operation have minimal influence on the automotive’s gasoline effectivity and low emissions. Compact packaging additionally means little penalty when it comes to load area.

Toyota has on the similar time launched new entrance and rear styling remedies that give Prius a recent look that adds emphasis to its clear and dynamic look. New wheel designs and cabin trims have additionally been produced, whereas new gear options embrace a bigger wi-fi charging tray to accommodate the brand new era of smartphones, extra intuitive and quicker operation of the Toyota Contact 2 multimedia system and added performance for the head-up show.

All variations of the brand new Prius will probably be outfitted with the second era Toyota Security Sense, with enhanced efficiency of methods to detect and warn the driving force of accident dangers and to provoke braking and steering changes to assist forestall a collision, maintain the automotive to its right path and a protected distance from automobiles forward, or scale back the results if an impression is inevitable.

The brand new Prius with AWD-i will initially be launched in chosen Western European markets, together with the UK. The roll-out will prolong to different Central and Japanese European markets sooner or later. UK gross sales can be launched within the spring; particulars of costs, vary and specs shall be introduced nearer on the on-sale date.


  • The subsequent step within the Toyota hybrid driving expertise
  • All-Wheel Drive – intelligent makes use of a further, unbiased rear electrical motor to mechanically present rear-wheel drive when pulling away, or when low-grip circumstances are detected
  • Tailored for Prius, the system is compact and light-weight, with minimal impression on gasoline effectivity, emissions and cargo area

Sustaining its distinguished fame for introducing new applied sciences, the brand new Prius takes the subsequent step within the hybrid driving expertise as the primary self-charging Toyota hybrid non-SUV passenger automotive to function all-wheel drive. This new system, AWD-i (All-Wheel Drive – intelligent) has been engineered particularly for Prius, so its operation has minimal influence on the car’s distinctive gasoline effectivity and low emissions.

It’s designed to routinely present additional grip when pulling away from stationary and in slippery circumstances, resembling on snow, ice and moist street surfaces. The driving force positive factors additional peace of thoughts and automotive controllability in tougher driving circumstances which are generally encountered in Europe, comparable to moist cobbled roads, snowy mountain routes or snow-covered uphill driveways.

AWD-i equips the Prius with a further, unbiased, magnet-less electrical motor (a Toyota first) and inverter, situated on the rear axle and powered by the hybrid battery. The system routinely engages to offer further drive to the rear wheels when pulling away, at speeds as much as 6mph. At greater speeds – between 6 and 44mph – it’s going to come into play, transferring torque to the rear axle when sensors detect a lack of grip. Once more, operation is automated and on-demand; the driving force doesn’t have to pick AWD. The system doesn’t function in regular driving circumstances, or underneath braking.

In contrast to mechanical AWD methods, there isn’t a driveshaft between the entrance and rear axles and no centre differential. This protects weight, supporting Prius’ environment friendly efficiency, and takes up much less area. Its set up solely reduces boot area by a modest 45 litres, whereas retaining a flat flooring for ease of use.

The electrical motor is compact and environment friendly, producing a most 5.three kW however delivering excessive wheel torque of 570 Nm with a 10.four discount ratio. Its efficiency doesn’t diminish Prius’s standing as Toyota’s chief in CO2 emissions, with NEDC correlated figures from 85g/km and mixed cycle gasoline consumption from 58.7 to 64.7mpg (WLTP knowledge)*. For markets which expertise very chilly circumstances there’s a new nickel-metal hydride battery obtainable for use within the Prius with AWD-i to make sure optimum efficiency.

Prius’s self-charging hybrid powertrain is unchanged, that includes a 1.Eight-litre, Atkinson cycle, four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC petrol engine with Twin VVT-i intelligent variable valve-timing, working along with two compact but highly effective motor-generators. The engine is an object lesson in environment friendly efficiency, attaining a thermal effectivity of 40 per cent by means of a collection of engineering improvements and enhancements, together with a large-volume exhaust fuel recirculation system, combustion optimisation and warmth administration and friction discount measures.  For 2019, Prius adopts a low viscosity engine oil to scale back the pistons’ sliding resistance and so assist keep wonderful gasoline effectivity. Emissions efficiency complies with the newest Euro 6d requirements.

All variations of the brand new Prius function a extra inflexible accelerator with a revised inner construction that provides enhanced response with much less play. Its profile has been adjusted in order that the floor is snug to make use of whatever the driver’s peak, and the stroke has been lowered so much less ankle motion is required to completely depress the pedal.

* CO2 from 75 to 84g/km (NEDC correlated) for the front-wheel drive Prius with 59.6 to 68.4mpg (NEDC correlated).


  • New design particulars give Prius a cleaner look that engages the sense extra strongly
  • Frontal look evolves with a re-profiled bumper and new, slimmer bi-LED headlight models
  • New rear mixture lamps emphasise horizontal strains and the automotive’s large, planted stance
  • New-design 15-inch wheelcaps and new end for the 17-inch alloy wheel design

The fourth era Prius launched a putting new design, made potential by the automotive’s adoption of a Toyota New International Structure (TNGA) platform which provides the automotive decrease strains general and the design group larger alternatives to discover new styling alternatives. The design freedom produced a particular and athletic physique silhouette that is still impressively aerodynamically environment friendly.

Whereas Prius’s signature styling stays in place, detailed modifications have been made that add emphasis to the cleanness of its strains, whereas partaking the senses extra strongly. On the entrance, new, slimmer, sharper headlight models have been launched, serving to create a stronger horizontal line that broadcasts the automotive’s vast and planted stance. These function bi-LEDs for excessive and low beam operation, LED clearance lights and LED daytime operating lights. New socket-type spherical fog lights are situated within the decrease grille.

The entrance bumper has been re-profiled to create a robust pontoon form, with the underside edge under the decrease grille given a floating impact, additional expressing the automotive’s low centre of gravity. The height level of the bonnet has been raised to generate a coherent, flowing line down the edges of the automotive, producing a extra dynamic, flowing silhouette.

On the rear, new mixture lamps once more focus the attention on a robust horizontal line to emphasize the automotive’s low centre of gravity and are fitted with new-design mild guides and lenses. Their association contrasts with the vertical orientation of the earlier models and the highly effective visible impact they generate is given additional emphasis by a brand new inverted trapezoid form built-in within the tailgate across the licence plate.

The 2019 modifications embrace the addition of two robust new colors to the vary obtainable for Prius – Scarlet Flare (extra vivid than the earlier purple within the vary) and Blue Crush metallic, a clear and extremely chromatic shade of blue. The opposite decisions are Pure White (strong), Hypersonic Purple, Galactic Blue, Galaxy Black, Decuma Gray, Tyrol Silver and Autumn Silver metallic and Pearl White pearlescent.

The entry degree Prius adopts a brand new 15-inch wheelcap design with a contrasting silver and black end. The five-spoke 17-inch wheel design has a brand new silver and darkish gray metallic end.


  • High quality, consolation and peace of thoughts expressed in Prius’s inside design
  • New piano black trim particulars create a extra coherent look
  • Introduction of latest seat upholstery design

The inside of the Toyota Prius was conceived as an area that conveys peace of thoughts, being welcoming, quiet and cozy. The “human tech” idea combines futuristic and classy parts in a method that’s rational and ingenious; the know-how at work could also be superior, however when travelling within the Prius, driver and occupants are at their ease in a cabin that’s snug and straightforward to make use of.

Toyota has additional enhanced the standard of the inside, specializing in trim particulars and new, high-quality seat upholstery. The centre console has been given a cleaner, constant look with a brand new piano black remedy. This additionally extends to the shift lever encompass and matching inserts within the steering wheel. For comfort, switches for the heated entrance seats have been relocated to the centre console; on fashions with out this function, a small oddment tray has been added. The wi-fi smartphone charging tray within the console has been made bigger (additional particulars within the gear options chapter).

The fourth era Prius launched a brand new entrance seat design that gives extra consolation, but weighs much less and takes up much less area. It offers a cosy match with wonderful physique holding, serving to take the stress out of lengthy journeys. For 2019, a brand new embossed upholstery material has been launched for the mid-grade Prius, obtainable in all-black, or a mixture of cool gray with black accents. For added storage and comfort, the entrance seats have been fitted with seatback pockets with a fastener.

The eye to element could be witnessed in a brand new module change on the driving force’s aspect of the instrument panel for management of the head-up show (the place fitted) and the Automated Excessive Beam. By inserting a brand new separator between the 2 buttons, it’s simpler for the driving force to pick the proper one whereas preserving their eyes on the street. It additionally helps forestall the controls being by accident engaged when getting out and in of the automotive. The switches for the facility home windows and door mirror adjustment have additionally been modified to enhance their really feel when used.


  • Improved Toyota Contact 2 system with quicker response, extra intuitive operation and enhanced features
  • Wi-fi charging tray elevated in measurement to accommodate new era smartphones
  • Head-up show features prolonged to incorporate turn-by-turn route steerage

Prius has a heritage of know-how management for Toyota, accountable for introducing superior gear options that progress to develop into valued and fashionable throughout the broader Toyota mannequin vary. The enhancements launched with the brand new 2019 Prius embrace upgrades that hold tempo with clients’ necessities for quicker, smarter communication and entry to info.

The Toyota Contact 2 multimedia system has been improved with the seven-inch contact display now engineered to answer pinch, flick and swipe gestures like these used on smartphones. The zoom degree on maps might be change utilizing pinch in/pinch out actions and the map could be moved with flick or swipe instructions. Equally, a flick gesture can be utilized to scroll by way of lists.

In addition to being extra intuitive to make use of, the system additionally responds extra shortly and is now out there with voice recognition for hands-free operation of key features. Higher sound copy could be loved from the audio system with a brand new, extra highly effective amplifier and using Clari-Fi know-how to maximise the sound high quality from compressed music information.

Protecting tempo with modifications in moveable system know-how, the Qi wi-fi charging tray within the centre console has been elevated in measurement so it could possibly accommodate telephones as much as round 160 by 87mm. This makes it appropriate for use with the newest era of smartphones, together with the Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone Eight, Xr and Xs. In Prius variations with out the charging tray, the world is roofed with a non-slip rubber mat.

The top-up show out there on greater grade Prius fashions is a vital component in safer driving, making certain the driving force can entry essential knowledge and knowledge whereas holding their eyes on the street forward. The system has been upgraded to incorporate new turn-by-turn route steerage, offering the driving force with navigation instructions with clear and crisp graphics projected onto the bottom of the windscreen.

The entry-grade mannequin positive aspects the new-look 15-inch wheel caps, the Toyota Contact 2 multimedia system and new high-quality material upholstery. Different commonplace options embrace second era Toyota Security Sense, dusk-sensing bi-LED headlights with Automated Excessive Beam, follow-me-home perform and built-in fog lights, dual-zone automated air con and a reversing digital camera.

The mid-grade Prius adopts the brand new 17-inch alloy wheel with distinction black and lightweight gray end and the head-up show positive aspects turn-by-turn navigation instructions. It additionally comes outfitted with heated entrance seats, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Visitors Alert, leather-covered steering wheel and soft-touch trim to the higher door sections.


  • Additional enhancements in lively security techniques which are delivering real-world reductions in widespread street visitors accidents
  • Pre-Collision System (PCS) with new and improved performance, detecting potential collisions with pedestrians in day and night time driving and bicycle riders in daylight
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Management (iACC), Lane Departure Alert/Lane Hint Help (LDA/LTA), Automated Excessive Beam (AHB) and Street Signal Help (RSA) additionally included in Toyota Security Sense package deal

The brand new Prius follows the brand new Toyota RAV4 in adopting the second era of Toyota Security Sense, benefiting from new and improved features that may assist forestall widespread varieties of accidents from occurring, or assist reduce the results if an impression can’t be prevented. The newest improvement of Toyota Security Sense additionally reduces the burden on the driving force, making driving simpler in addition to safer.

Since Toyota Security Sense was first launched in 2015, it has been featured on greater than 10 million new automobiles worldwide, two million of those in Europe. Toyota is dedicated to democratising these necessary new applied sciences, making certain they’re made extensively obtainable in order that as many drivers as potential can profit from the safety and help they supply. This technique is central to Toyota’s final objective of a protected mobility society with zero street accident fatalities and accidents.

Second era Toyota Security Sense, fitted as normal to all variations of the brand new Prius, consists of upgraded variations of the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, intelligent Adaptive Cruise Management, Lane Departure Alert, Street Signal Help and Automated Excessive Beam. It additionally introduces Lane Hint Help, which offers extra superior driving help. The newest advances are supported by enhanced efficiency of each a single-lens digital camera and a millimetre-wave radar, increasing the vary of hazards that may be detected and enhancing performance.

Pre-Collision System (PCS)

The performance of the Pre-Collision System has been prolonged in order that in addition to automobiles it might now detect pedestrians on the street forward throughout low-light driving in addition to in daylight. It additionally has the added functionality of recognising bicycles within the car’s path*, at relative speeds of between roughly 6 and 50mph, throughout daytime. The place automobiles are involved, the system can decide collision dangers at speeds from zero to 112mph. If it calculates an imminent danger of collision, it can alert the driving force and put together the brakes (Pre-Collision Brake Help) for most stopping drive. If the driving force fails to behave, it’ll set off Autonomous Emergency Braking, which may scale back car velocity by as much as 25mph, probably bringing the automotive to a cease and avoiding an impression.

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Management (iACC)

Prius’s new intelligent Adaptive Cruise Management can also be capable of work along side the automotive’s Street Signal Help system. When the automotive is travelling at a continuing, pre-set velocity, iACC can recognise new velocity limits on main roads and let the driving force regulate the velocity to maintain inside the restrict, just by utilizing switches on the steering wheel.

The system can now function in low-speed following and stop-start driving, at speeds from zero to round 19mph. In congested visitors, it is going to deliver the Prius to a halt when the car forward involves a cease, sustaining an applicable distance. The driving force can then restart the car by urgent the accelerator pedal, or the ACC system change on the steering wheel.

At speeds above 44mph, a brand new management linked to the driving force’s use of the flip indicators helps safe clean overtaking manoeuvres. When following a car travelling slower than the pre-set iACC velocity, preliminary acceleration is utilized when the driving force operates the flip indicator to vary lanes. If the system detects a car forward within the overtaking lane, nevertheless, acceleration is suppressed, to stop a sudden strategy.

Street Signal Help (RSA)

Street Signal Help itself has been enhanced to that it is ready to recognise a wider vary of street signal warnings and instructions, presenting the knowledge on the driving force’s color TFT multi-information show. The place velocity limits are involved, the system may give each a visible and audible warning if the driving force is exceeding the restrict.

The system has been upgraded so that a larger variety of visitors indicators could be recognised, together with velocity limits, no overtaking instructions, street circumstances, cease and no entry indicators, the beginning/finish of highways, city and residential areas and the top level of all restrictions.

Lane Hint Help (LTA)

The improved Toyota Security Sense portfolio for new Prius features a new Lane Hint Help perform, which offers a level of automated driving help. LTA screens the road markings on motorways and principal routes and applies steering help to maintain the automotive centred inside its lane, when travelling at speeds above 31mph. This could scale back collision dangers and the burden on the driving force when making lengthy motorway journeys.

The iACC and LTA work collectively in sluggish, cease/go visitors, monitoring the car forward inside the visitors lane, sustaining a protected distance and velocity, bringing the car to a halt when mandatory and shifting off seamlessly when visitors move resumes. This will relieve the driving force of a lot of the stress of driving in sluggish visitors and considerably scale back the danger of widespread low-speed rear-end collisions.

Lane Departure Alert (LDA)

Lane Departure Alert has additionally been improved in order that it is ready to recognise street margins on straight roads the place there are not any clear lane markings. Whether it is troublesome or unimaginable for the system to detect lane markings, for instance when driving in heavy visitors, it’s going to monitor the trail of the car forward, utilizing the front-mounted digital camera and radar. Additionally, together with LTA, it performs corrective steering operation when lane departure with out the driving force’s intention is detected.

The system features a Sway Warning alert, detecting any drift within the car’s path which usually occurs when the driving force is dropping focus or turning into drained. It can current a visible and audible warning, recommending the driving force takes a break from the wheel.

Automated Excessive Beam (AHB)

Automated Excessive Beam helps the driving force achieve wonderful ahead visibility throughout night-time driving. It detects the headlights of oncoming visitors and the tail-lights of automobiles forward, mechanically switching between excessive and low beams to keep away from dazzling different drivers. By making extra frequent use of excessive beams, the driving force good points an earlier probability of detecting pedestrians and different hazards.