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Word out of the Far East is that the next Toyota Prius will be equipped with electric all-wheel drive. Talking about that and other changes, an unnamed Toyota engineered was quoted as having said, “The next Prius will redefine the hybrid as we know it.”

What is known about the next Prius is that it will sit upon a new C platform that is 153 pounds lighter than the current Prius’s platform (leaner, check). Media reports out of the United Kingdom say that Toyota bigwigs are claiming that the new, less-weighty car will rate at around 75 miles per gallon in America (greener, check).  It will also be more powerful (meaner, check).

One of the largest changes is to its drivetrain, the electric all-wheel drive crowed about in the headline. Unofficially, it is said that the e-4WD system will great for snowbound regions of the globe and will allow for its rear wheels to be engaged at speeds up to 37 miles per hour.

Note:  the image in this post is an artist’s rendering.  We don’t know yet what the next-gen Prius will look like.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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