As expected, Toyota has added a version clipped for the harsh Canadian climate of the Prius. Called the Prius AWD-e 2019, this new version is a pleasant surprise for the model, whose only mission is to record the approximate fuel consumption. Here's what you need to know about the hottest Prius in the snow.
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Fuel consumption increases slightly
Full speed also means that fuel consumption is higher. The good news is that this increased motorism is not dramatic once on 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 combined mode. These results are very good, given that 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 combined mode.
Full electric wheel
The Prius AWD-e 2019 does not use a carrying case or propeller shaft to move the rear wheels of a car. No, Toyota engineers instead introduced an additional electric motor on the second axis, the latter running from 0 to 10 km / h, but also up to a speed of 70 km / h, if the situation allows. Toyota apparently thought about making this system reasonable. In other words, whenever road conditions are favorable, the car will only use front wheel drive.
If there is one element that has not been unanimous since the appearance of this third generation model, this is design. For this mid-course redesign, the most recognizable hybrid of the planet is redrawn at both ends, the main changes focusing on optical blocks and position indicators.
As with most Toyota models, the Japanese automaker has a number of safety features Safety Sense P on all liveries, which is another argument in favor of this winter-adapted Prius.
65% of Prius sales in Canada?
The Canadian division strongly believes that this all-wheel drive livery will capture 65% of sales in the country, plausible statistics, especially if the price is good. We will see in a year or two.
Of course, this new all-wheel drive option is unlikely to revive the performance of a green car, but the fact that the automaker thought that the increase in cravings for the Prius line is great news for Canadian consumers.