Toyota has announced an optional AWD-i four-wheel drive system for its Prius self-charging hybrid, A compact set-up that works automatically when extra grip is needed, the AWD-i system engages when the car pulls away from a standstill and also when it detects a loss of traction in slippery conditions.
The lightweight system has been engineered specifically for the Prius, so its electric operation shouldn’t impact fuel efficiency and emissions.
At the same time as announcing the AWD-i model, Toyota has also freshened up the Prius’ appearance. Tweaks to the front and rear styling lend a new look, particularly at the rear, where the distinctively deep tail lamps have been replaced.
New wheel designs and cabin trims have also been added, and new equipment includes a larger wireless charging tray and faster operation of the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system. All versions of the new Prius will be equipped with the second generation Toyota Safety Sense, too. The new Prius starts at £24,245 OTR, with the AWD version costing £28,970.