Winter is coming for the 2019 Toyota Prius, but that probably doesn't mean a Kit Harington edition. Toyota revealed a teaser shot today of a winter-ready variant for its Prius hybrid, set to debut Nov. 28 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The image, which shows a Prius blazing a trail down a woodsy snowscape, suggests plans for a stateside debut of the all-wheel-drive Prius that's available overseas. Toyota's E-Four AWD system, developed for the hybrid's current generation, eschews a driveshaft between the two axles for a separate, independent motor that drives the rear wheels. For the Japanese-market Prius, Automotive News reports, the AWD system adds about 150 pounds. Toyota touts fuel economy of 34.0 km/L in Japan's JC08 drive cycle — slightly better than the prior-generation, front-wheel-drive Prius, albeit short of the current FWD Prius' 40.8 km/L — and "almost the same amount of luggage space" as you get in the front-drive version.
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Of course, mileage estimates from the U.S. EPA are substantially different from their international counterparts. And AWD remains unconfirmed at this point, though Toyota's two-sentence release with the image — where it promises the forthcoming Prius "performs on roads whether snowy or clear" — only validates the notion.
Stay tuned for the L.A. Auto Show; we'll keep you posted with the latest news.
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