Since the launch of the original model in 1997, the Toyota Prius has been a leader of technical innovation with its world-leading self-charging hybrid technology. Four generations on, the new Prius is the first Toyota to benefit from Hybrid AWD-i, Toyota’s latest, intelligent, electric all-wheel drive system featuring a new, compact nickel-metal hydride hybrid battery designed for excellent cold weather performance.
Engineered to engage automatically when pulling away at speeds up to 7mph or between 7 and 44mph when low-grip or slippery road conditions are detected, the smart system uses an additional high-torque electric motor to provide extra drive through the rear axle when required for improved control and handling. The unit is compact and lightweight, with no centre differential or front-to-rear driveshaft, so there is minimal intrusion in boot space and allows for a flat floor in the rear footwell for greater comfort and leg room for rear seat passengers.
Built on Toyota’s new global architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, the latest model of the Prius comes with improved technology and evolved styling with sharper more defined accents for a dynamic flowing silhouette.
In the front, new bi-beam LEDs are encased in the sweeping slim newly designed headlight unit to give a wider field of illumination for improved visibility and safety for night time driving. At the rear, new combination lamps focus the eye on a strong horizontal line to emphasise the car’s low centre of gravity and are fitted with new-design light guides.