First introduced back in 2015, the Prius has been one of Toyota's best selling hybrid vehicles all over the world. However since it's debut, there have been no major updates offered for the Prius.
That could soon change though at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show because Toyota could offer the 2019 Prius with all-wheel drive. While it hasn't been officially confirmed, Toyota surely seems to be hinting at it based on their teaser photo.
The lone teaser photo above shows the Prius kicking up a lot of snow and is accompanied by a single sentence saying “Fall is here, winter's near, but the 2019 Prius performs on roads whether snowy or clear.”. Taking a closer look at the photo, we can see that the Prius is mostly covered by snow, showing only some parts of its side profile. The only thing that stands out would be the roof mounted cargo carrier.
Should it actually be the all-wheel drive Prius, it won't be the first model to do so. Toyota already offers the Prius with all-wheel drive exclusively in Japan. The Japanese market model uses Toyota's E-Four system which adds a second electric motor to the rear axle and solely drives the rear wheels. Depending on the driving condition, the sytem can then switch from front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Despite the addition of an extra motor, the luggage space remains the same and only adds a few extra kilos.
As mentioned earlier, the Prius has not yet been updated since, meaning it's due for a mid-cycle refresh. That said, the 2019 Prius set to debut in LA could get updated styling both to the front, rear, a new set of wheels and even changes to the vehicle's interior.
We will have to wait til then to see whether Toyota does bring something new for the Prius.