Next-generation Toyota Prius may get all-wheel-drive (AWD) option

Article by Christian A., on July 15, 2014

We already know that the next-generation Prius was delayed by 6 months in order to maximize mpg, but it appears that Toyota wants to make its new vehicle even more popular. How? By adding an all-wheel-drive option. According to Koei Saga a.k.a. senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development, the fourth-generation Prius may get AWD in addition to the current front-wheel-drive layout.

“I think we will possibly do it.” said Saga. Moreover, the next-generation Prius will be offered with two battery choices, a low-cost nickel-metal hybride or a more efficient lithium-ion pack.

Comparing it with the current model, the new hybrid system will be smaller, lighter but also more efficient, but no details were released by the manufacturer.

Saga also said that thanks to the new batteries and the revised technology the next-generation Prius will deliver a fuel economy that will surprise everyone.

Furthermore, the new Prius will use company’s new modular vehicle architecture called Toyota New Global Architecture that will boost the number of parts shared among vehicles in order to reduce costs but also improve quality.

If you had not known, the Toyota Prius was actually designed after emotions - particularly a greater sense of excitement, combined with a feeling of forward motion. The Prius’ profile may seem a bit longer and sleeker, which portrays a more athletic shape. This is evident on the lower hood that resembles that of the Scion FR-S sports car, as the name badge is just the same height as that. The second and third generation Prius models also get that “Triangle Silhouette”.

Its roof peak had been readjusted by 6.7 inches (170mm) to reduce drag while keeping enough headroom in the cabin. The Prius was designed with long lines that stretch along the side from the front fenders, while the other starts above the sill and sweeps up towards the rear fender. At the lowest part of the vehicle is a rocker panel that features a distinctive light-catching upward-facing surface, highlighting its low stance.

The Prius has a unique, unforgettable face, thanks to the Bi-LED headlamps on the front fascia. These lights aren’t just about style, but they are also automatic to keep the beam focused on the road instead of blinding drivers across you.

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