Report: Next-gen 2016 Toyota Prius could receive optional all-wheel drive

AutomotiveNews reports that the next generation Toyota Prius, due in 2016, could be offered with all-wheel drive and both nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries.

After speaking with Toyota’s powertrain head, Koei Saga, this is the latest development for the world’s most popular hybrid. The nickel-metal hydride batteries will be used for the more basic models while the higher-end Prius variants could receive the equivalent to a bunch of laptop batteries for increased electric-only range.

The new 2016 Toyota Prius is to be built off of Toyota’s New Global Architecture with better aerodynamics, a more accommodating cabin, and better ergonomics. Expect a smaller electric motor and a more efficient gas engine.

Source: AutomotiveNews

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