Report: Don’t expect an all-wheel drive Toyota Prius anytime soon

All-wheel drive is undoubtedly a popular drivetrain, as is hybrid powertrains, so much in fact that automakers are finding ways to combine the virtues and qualities of all-paw traction with electric and hybrid powertrains.

So, why hasn’t there been an all-wheel drive Toyota Prius? That seems like the ultimate beater/daily-driver for the affluent, tree-hugging yuppies of the world who live in four-season climates and need the all-wheel traction for that one time it snows one inch out of the year, while drinking their pumpkin-spice Charbucks and adding to the benefits of good fuel economy that already come with the Prius.

According to AutomotiveNews, Toyota actually does not see sufficient demand for an all-wheel drive Prius for them to develop one and sell it on our shores. Now that’s a bit of an interesting find.

In Japan, the Toyota Prius comes with a hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain and it’s called E-Four, costing an additional 180,000 yen, or $1,487 USD on top of the initial purchase price of the Prius in Japan.

Despite the low demand for all-wheel drive in the Prius lineup, Toyota’s E-Four engineer, Yoshihiro Ikushimo told AutomotiveNews that he’s still considering the idea of pitching the possibility of an all-wheel drive Prius in the United States.

Would you like to see an all-wheel drive Toyota hybrid toaster on our shores? Let us know in the comments below!

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutomotiveNews

 


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  • apeknows

    I work at a Toyota dealership where snow is king for about 6 months every year (albeit not this current winter) and customers have been asking if it’s “true” that the next Prius will offer an awd version and leave REALLY disappointed when they’re told that it’s not. I mean, people DO want it. I think it’d be perfect.

  • Richard Nicholas

    I live in the snow belt and I own an ’08 and ’10 Prius and have wished for AWD since 2008 …my next vehicle ( this year ) will be AWD or 4WD and will not be Prius ..gas prices are reasonable for now so I’ll trade the reduced mpg for safety in the winter and the AWD and 4WD is a reasonable trade off as compared to buying snow tires and wheels . I believe Toyota USA is making a huge mistake …huge