As expected, Toyota added a trimmed version of the Prius for the harsh Canadian climate. This new model, called the Prius AWD-e 2019, is a pleasant surprise from a model whose only mission is to record a fuel consumption. Here's what you need to know about the most agile Prius in the snow.
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Fuel consumption increases slightly
Exact driving also means that the fuel consumption is higher. The good news is that this increased motivation is not once dramatic at the pump. Toyota reports an average of 4.5 L / 100 km in the city, 4.9 L / 100 km on the highway and 4.7 L / 100 km in the combined mode. These results are quite good, because the front-wheel drive Prius is 4.4 L / 100 km in the city, 4.6 L / 100 km on the road and 4.4 L / 100 km in the combined mode.
A complete electric wheel
The Prius AWD-e 2019 does not use a transfer case or propeller shaft to move the vehicle's rear wheels. No, Toyota engineers instead applied an additional electric motor to the second axle, the second running from 0 to 10 km / h, but also up to 70 km / h if the situation allows. Toyota has clearly considered making this system smart. In other words, when the road conditions are appropriate, the vehicle will only use the front wheel.
If there is a unanimous element since the arrival of this third generation of the model, this is the design. For this mid-course redesign, the planet's most well-known hybrid is redrawn at both ends, with the main changes focusing on optical blocks and position lamps.
As with most Toyota models, the Japanese automaker has a range of Safety Sense P safety features, which is another argument for this winter-adapted Prius in all winters.
65% of Prius sales in Canada?
The Canadian branch believes that this four-wheel drive package will achieve a reasonable statistic of 65% of sales in the country, especially if the price is good. We'il see it in a year or two.
Of course, this new four-wheel-drive variant doesn't seem to increase the performance of the green car, but the fact that the carmaker is considering adding increased traction to the Prius range is great news for Canadian consumers.