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Toyota Prius 2019 revealed in Los Angeles

Toyota revealed that an AWD system will be offered in the new Prius, however it has been ruled out for Australia.

Toyota has revealed its updated Prius hybrid range, which has been confirmed for an April 2019 launch in Australia with revised styling and upgraded equipment inside and out.

On the outside, the update brings enhanced styling at the front and rear of the car, with the upper front bumper now given a more flowing silhouette.

Slimmer 'bi-beam' LED headlights are fitted as well as new tail-lights, and restyled 17-inch alloy wheels, 15-inch wheel caps, and new red and blue paint schemes will be offered.

Inside, Toyota designers have used new upholstery, and revised the centre console and some of the controls on the instrument panel.

Toyota Australia will release the updated front-driven Prius hybrid in April of next year, which gains an upgraded 7.0-inch multimedia display accepting ‘smartphone style’ gestures.

In overseas markets the new Prius will be offered for the first time with an all-wheel drive (AWD) system which employs an electric motor at the rear axle and kicks in on take-off or when improved traction is required.

However, the brand’s local wing has no plans to introduce an AWD system for the Prius in Australia.

New red and blue paint schemes will be offered. New red and blue paint schemes will be offered.

The Japanese hybrid vehicle will carry over its 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, two electric motors and continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a combined output of 90kW/142Nm.

Standard safety kit includes seven airbags, reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, ABS, emergency brake signal, hill-start assist and smart entry/start.

Although pricing for the new Prius is yet to be revealed, the current hybrid small car kicks off at $36,440 before on-road costs, while the more specification heavy i-Tech variant is $43,900.

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