Facelifted Toyota Prius checks in
Toyota Australia will stick with frontwheel drive when its facelifted Prius arrives on this market in April next year.
An all-wheel drive version – dubbed Prius AWD-E – was revealed at the Los Angeles motor show last week as part of the new-look Prius line-up.
However, Toyota Australia ruled it out, saying the all-paw version would EH FRQ¿QHG WR 1RUWK $PHULFD ZKHUH it is expected to command up to 25 percent of sales.
The biggest changes to the Prius for Australia will be cosmetic, with new front and rear styling treatments and tweaks to the interior.
Slimline bi-beam LED headlights are the most obvious change, along with new vertical daytime driving lights in the new-look bumper that Toyota said now blends better with the side lines of the body. At the back, wider tail-lights mimic the new headlights, while at the same time attempting to make the Prius look wider.
Two fresh colours, a red and blue, and new-look wheels – 17-inch alloys on the upscale i-tech and 15-inch steels with caps on the base model – complete the exterior makeover.
Inside, the Prius for Australia will miss out on the large, tablet-style touchscreen shown in Los Angeles, but will get a new 7.0-inch screen ZLWK VPDUWSKRQH VW\OH SLQFK DQG ÀLFN capability.
Some instrument controls have also been updated, along with upholstery choices.
The refreshed Prius will be one of three hybrid vehicles to launched by Toyota in Australia in 2019, with the new RAV4 hybrid making its debut LQ WKH ¿UVW KDOI RI WKH \HDU DQG WKH ¿UVW &RUROOD VHGDQ K\EULG UROOLQJ LQWR showrooms in the last quarter.
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When the fourth-generation Prius was launched in 2016, its fuel economy was rated at 3.4l-100km on the Australian combined test cycle.
On this market, Prius is one of Toyota’s slowest-selling cars, shifting just 201 units in the year to date, a decline of 16.9 percent over the same period of 2017.
CHECKING IN: The facelifted Toyota Prius is expected in Australia early next year.