The Japanese based automaker Toyota is planning to use an e-AWD system for the next generation of the Prius, which should make its way onto the market in a couple of years.
Rumors are saying that the next generation of the Toyota Prius, which will use the 2015 model year in its name, meaning that it should hit the market in 2014, will get an upgraded 1.8 liter engine and the electric motor will be downsized, but it will still offer more power. The most significant change will be the e-AWD system, which will use an electric motor to power the rear wheels and allow the model to get four-wheel traction.
The new electric all-wheel drive system will increase the vehicle’s appeal in snowy climates and it will work at speeds up to 59 km/h (37 mph). The 2015 Toyota Prius is expected to burn just 3.1 liters of fuel every 100 km (90 mpg UK / 74.9 mpg US) and emit just 70 g/km of CO2. A nickel-metal hybrid battery will be used by the next generation of the Prius. Additional details on the 2015 Toyota Prius are limited for the moment and will probably be announced close to the model’s debut.
Source: Auto Express