2019 Toyota Prius To Debut At LA Auto Show, Hints At All-Wheel Drive Option

The countdown to the Los Angeles Auto Show continues as Toyota has released the first teaser image of the 2019 Prius.

Set to be unveiled on November 28th, the updated model will likely be offered with a new all-wheel drive system in the United States. That remains unconfirmed at this point, but the company strongly hinted at the possibility by saying the hybrid is “ready for sunshine or snow.” The automaker also noted “Fall is here, winter’s near, but the 2019 Prius performs on roads whether snowy or clear.”

The decision to offer all-wheel drive on the Prius isn’t too surprising as the Japanese variant has been available with an E-Four all-wheel drive system for years. Cars equipped with the system feature an additional electric motor which sends power to the rear wheels for added traction.

The system is a $1,706 (¥194,400) option in Japan and it is compact enough that all-wheel drive variants have the same cargo space as their front-wheel drive counterparts. However, the model is slightly less efficient as the current Prius E-Four averages 79.9 mpg US (2.9 L/100km / 96 mpg UK) while the standard model is rated at 87.4 mpg US (2.6 L/100km / 105 mpg UK) – according to Japanese specifications.

Getting back to the 2019 Prius, the teaser image isn’t very revealing but it does confirm the facelifted model will keep its controversial design. That being said, the car could have a new front fascia and restyled headlights. The rear end could also be updated with a new bumper and restyled taillights, but the teaser effectively hides these details.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed, but the current model has a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle engine that produces 95 hp (70 kW / 96 PS) and 105 lb-ft (142 Nm) of torque. It is backed up by a hybrid system which features an electric motor that develops 71 hp (53 kW / 72 PS) and 120 lb-ft (162 Nm) of torque. This setup gives the model a combined output of 121 hp (90 kW / 122 PS).

  • no25

    yay?

  • matrem

    This is leading up to the release of the new Prius V replacement, which will be more SUV in looks and ride height. Once the regular model has 4wd, environmentally conscious people won’t balk at a 4 wheel drive suv with Prius written on it.

  • Mr. EP9

    It would look so much better covered in snow. You’ll never have to see the ugly on that thing.

  • jason wu

    the snow hints a big butt change.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    After seeing redesigns like the near-perfect new Avalon, to the hopefully great new RAV4, and impressive new Camry and Corolla…

    …with the addition of the Prime-like styling (which already looks good in my opinion), rumoured All-Wheel Drive (and hopefully the new 2.0L Hybrid I4 from the new Lexus UX250h)… not only is Toyota impressing me lately again…

    …but this might even be the first time I am legitimately excited about a Prius… (so far, I am actually looking forward to this)

    • NoMan2015

      the front end of the new Avalon is…near-perfect?

      • SpongeBob99Swell

        Okay, whatever, it does have a big grille in the front end, but at least it works. It looks sleek, modern, and well-sculpted, and looks cohesive, and blends very well with the overall design that is already beautifully done, and the most beautifully done in latest memory of Toyota designs. Both in the non-sporty and sporty trims. Additionally the Adaptive Full-LED headlights with the sequential turn signals are beautfiully finished too.

        Safe to say that it even works better than the grille of the new Camry even (specifically the non-sporty grades of it)

        So yeah, in my book, not just in design, but what the new Avalon is to me is overall, is near-perfect. (all it really needed was Android Auto to be perfect in my book)

        • Jp

          Well I am glad all kinds of opinions exist in the world.

          • SpongeBob99Swell

            Sarcasm much?

  • Dennis Scipio

    Let’s hope they can improve the car’s looks especially it’s front end.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Toyota is teasing the fugliness of the new Prius booty by not showing it 😛

    • no25

      smart decision lol

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