2015 Toyota Prius to feature an e-4WD system - report

Toyota NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept 10.01.2012
Toyota NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept 10.01.2012

Could have significantly improved fuel efficiency

New details are starting to emerge about the 2015 Toyota Prius.

According to an Auto Express source, "The current 1.8-liter engine will be modified, while the inverter and [electric] motor will be downsized but will deliver more power.” This will enable the model to offer improved performance and fuel efficiency. Speaking of the latter, the car is rumored to return more than 90 mpg UK (74.9 mpg US ; 3.1 L/100km) and have CO2 emissions of less than 70 g/km.

More interestingly, the Prius could have an e-4WD system which has an electric motor that powers the rear wheels. Designed to increase the model's appeal in snowy climates, the system will reportedly work at speeds up to 37 mph (59 km/h).

The Prius could also keep its nickel-metal hydride battery because engineers feel they manage power delivery better than new lithium-ion batteries.

Note: Toyota NS4 concept pictured

Source: Auto Express

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jimcbride jimcbride
I do hope this AWD Prius is a special AWD model and not the base Prius. This sounds like a very expensive answer to a question no one is asking. This is a Prius after all, not a competitor for the WRX, EVO or STI.
Nov 18th, 2012 2:29am
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tbrodie tbrodie
The engineers *feel* they manage power better? I'm betting the accountants KNOW reasons to keep the dirtier nickel-metal hydride.
Nov 16th, 2012 8:12am
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make it diesel than maybe i would like it
Nov 16th, 2012 6:05am
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MatthewKeys MatthewKeys
at first glance the profile is pretty advanced. with they rethough the front end though. it looks like a plastic beak.
Nov 15th, 2012 11:57pm
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
yeah the headlights aint bad but the beak has got to go
Nov 16th, 2012 1:48am
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tazcubed tazcubed
They must have hired some of the Acura designers who were fired for making the atrocious beak on their cars. At least they've not slathered chrome all over it to accentuate it further.
Nov 16th, 2012 2:40pm
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
seriously, if that lower vent in the front went all the way across or was shaped like the gt86's this thing would look mean, instead it looks like a bird that just took down a hot pepper
Nov 17th, 2012 4:12am
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Darth Vader would buy black Prius.
Nov 15th, 2012 11:48pm
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