The Los Angeles Motor Show Toyota hybrid debut was updated. Modifications to the Prius include a large salon enhancement, cosmetic exterior changes, and most importantly, an AWD-e system. the latter will initially be offered only in Japan and in the form of additional equipment.
In the new rear axle transmission, an additional 7.2-horsepower electric motor is added. It is his job to help the vehicle when it starts, but only works at 10 km / hour. After this minimum speed is reached, the electric motor is turned off and the vehicle only moves in the front transmission.
Electromotor that supports the rear wheels when starting can be briefly ignited by electronics if there is a push on the front wheels to stabilize the vehicle. But here also there are speed restrictions. This can only happen at 69 km / hour.
Otherwise, the main aggregate of the hybrid tract is known. This is a 1.8-liter internal combustion engine with 96 horsepower. The electric motor in the powertrain brings the power of the system to 122 horsepower. For AWD-e cars, lithium-ion batteries will be replaced with nickel metal hydrides.
The restored Prius from the outside can be recognized on the front headlights and new front bumper and rear mounted rear lights. In the saloon, the most striking changes are related to the new screen, which is positioned vertically, 11.6 inches. Otherwise, the Japanese state has substantially improved the material and the assembly itself.