2019 Prius Midcycle Refresh Details

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  1. JosephG

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    Toyota has released some information for the 2019 Prius.
    • e-four is confirmed. AWD models are estimated to get an EPA rating of 52/48.
    • FWD will get lithium-ion batteries while AWD-e models get a new NiMH battery.
    • The headlights and have been truncated and the front bumper made slightly less angular.
    • TSS-P 1.0 is still standard (not 2.0).
    • Adaptive headlights are now available in the top trim.
    • Trim names are changed to match other Toyota products (L, XLE, etc.)
    • EXTENDING SUN VISORS ARE PICTURED!!
    • Toyota is using a new induction motor instead of rare earth magnets for the rear motor in AWD models.

    Dynamic force apparently isn't coming since top fuel economy is unchanged. I'm disappointed to see that the cladding in the rear appears unchanged and the hood still has that exaggerated frog shape. I feel like they actually made the taillights less attractive as well.

    I want to see if the new model has improved side pole and passenger-side small overlap crash scores since the last generation did not do so well in these. The new adaptive headlights are obviously targeting the IIHS's top award.
     
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    Nickle-cadmium? That feels like a step back into the 1980s...
     
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    From the press release, it looks like they've chosen that for better performance in cold conditions - which they seem to think the e-AWD version will be used in. It also sounds like it's different from the current NiMH.

    I wonder whether that will mean that the rest of the world, which at this point is only given NiMH will have Li-ION from 2019?
     
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    My bad! NiMH!! I had nickle on the mind.
     
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    What a disappointment !
    What is Toyota thinking ?
    Besides available adaptive headlights and 4WD no new features?
    Not even Safty-Sense 2.0 ?
    The same a little too small 4.2 inch Displays ?
    This being the North-American model,I still have hope that at least the European model will get SS2 .
    Didn't Toyota always say that the Prius is their High-Tech Flagship?
    Then how come even a Corolla is better equipped?
     
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    In my opinion, this is an excellent change. The one image of the interior looks good too.

    Going with an induction motor on the back should reduce parasitic drag when not in use.

    I'd actually consider upgrading my 3rd gen to this model.
     
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    No infotainment upgrades! This is particularly frustrating as Toyota infotainment has been garbage compared to contemporaries for some time. Also confusing that the Prius, one of their more distinct and techy nameplates, continues to get the short end of stick while entune 3.0 and carplay and rolled out across the rest of their range. Grrrr!!!
     
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    I hope that they get rid of the much hated "white porcelain toilet bowl" appliques in a revised interior.
     
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    Here's the press release from Toyota. Commentary to come later today from me, and we'll have a thread for the live reveal shortly before the 2:05 Eastern event.

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    • One of the Most Fuel-Efficient AWD-Equipped Vehicles in America, with 50 Combined MPG
    • Refreshed Exterior Styling for All Prius Models
    • New Grade Strategy Unveiled for 2019
    • Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) Standard Across All Grades
    • Up to 65.5 cu. ft. of Cargo Space with Rear Seatbacks Folded Down
    November 28, 2018
    LOS ANGELES (Nov. 28, 2018) When it comes to the 2019 Prius, “Let’s Go Places” can be expanded to “let’s go more places, in more conditions” thanks to the available new AWD-e system. Designed to provide more confidence and control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal, the electric all-wheel drive system further expands where the Prius can take drivers.

    The new Prius AWD-e system will certainly deliver added traction and confidence for drivers but, in true Prius fashion, the 2019 AWD-e will lay claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive-equipped passenger cars available in the U.S., thanks to manufacturer-projected mpg estimates of 52 mpg city / 48 mpg highway / 50 mpg combined. Toyota estimates that the AWD-e model could account for as much as 25 percent of annual U.S. Prius sales.

    Toyota’s AWD-e system is ideal for Prius. The automatic on-demand system does not require a center differential or other torque-apportioning device, nor does it need a front-to-rear driveshaft. Instead, the “e” in AWD-e stands for electric. The Prius AWD-e uses an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor (a Toyota first) to power the rear wheels from 0 to 6 mph, then when needed, up to 43 mph. This system provides the power to the rear wheels to pull away from a stop, yet the on-demand system recognizes when all-wheel-drive performance is not needed to provide great fuel economy.

    The addition of the available AWD-e system is only part of the wider revision to the 2019 Prius, which debuts newly refined front and rear exterior styling, along with additional interior updates. Let’s not forget the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Prius will still offer the impressive fuel economy for which it is known, with manufacturer-projected fuel economy estimates of 58 mpg city / 53 mpg highway / 56 mpg combined on the L Eco grade, while the LE, XLE and Limited has projected fuel ratings of 54 mpg city / 50 mpg highway / 52 mpg combined.

    The 2019 Prius also adopts the familiar model grade strategy used throughout the Toyota family, dropping the numerals in favor of grade labels L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited. Prius will also sport two new colors for 2019, Supersonic Red and Electric Storm Blue. The AWD-e model will be offered in LE and XLE grades and will debut a new two-tone 15-inch alloy wheel (with cover).

    The AWD-e models use a newly developed compact Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery that is designed to provide excellent performance in cold-weather conditions. The AWD-ebattery fits under the rear seat area and does not impact the luggage capacity. The FWD models will tout a Lithium Ion battery.

    The Prius AWD-e models offer the same 65.5 cu. ft. of carrying space with the standard 60:40 split rear seatbacks lowered as other Prius models. That’s more than in some small SUVs and larger than most full-size sedans. Expanding carrying options, the Prius AWD-e will offer available Genuine Toyota Accessory cargo crossbars for roof rack attachments, such as for carrying bikes, kayaks, snowboards, or a cargo carrier. The Prius AWD-e XLE features upgraded SofTex-trimmed, heated front seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

    The SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel features surface temperature-regulating properties to help make it feel more comfortable in hot or cold weather. The steering wheel also integrates switches for the Entune Audio system, Multi-Information Display, and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls.

    The Prius comes standard with driver’s door Smart Key System, Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry. The XLE and Limited grades include Standard Smart Key System on three doors. An Adaptive Front Lighting System is available on the XLE grade and is standard on the Limited grade. And, Toyota Safety Connect, standard on Limited models, includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification and comes with a complimentary three-year trial subscription.

    Standard Toyota Safety Sense
    All 2019 Prius models, including the Prius AWD-e versions, come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Using millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to help detect a pedestrian, a vehicle, and lane markers and headlights in the surrounding area, TSS-P provides a comprehensive bundle of active safety features including: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

    Because all Prius models, under certain circumstances, can operate in battery mode alone, during which they make little to no noise, they incorporate a Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS) to help alert pedestrians and cyclists.

    High Tech Galore
    All Prius models share interior features including the familiar central screen interface. The 4.2" color Dual Multi-Information Display with customizable screens adds an AWD-e system indicator to the menu of displays, which also includes Energy Monitor, Hybrid System Indicator and Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Wallet, Eco Diary, Climate Control, driver support systems, audio system content, and navigation system content. For the ultimate in high-tech information, the available Color Head-Up Display (HUD) shows the speedometer, navigation, and Hybrid System Indicator in the driver’s line of sight.

    The standard Entune Audio system for AWD-e models includes the Entune Multimedia Bundle: 6.1 in. touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, 6 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, one USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and two 2.1-amp USB charge ports, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming, Siri Eyes Free, and an integrated backup camera display. The Limited grade comes standard with the Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, with a large 11.6” HD multimedia display.

    2019 Prius Mechanical Features
    The Prius AWD-e shares the Hybrid Synergy Drive system with other Prius models. The system combines the output of a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Electronically Controlled Brake System coordinates control between the regenerative braking and the vehicle’s hydraulic brake force to provide optimal brake performance and feel.
    The 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine is itself a paragon of high efficiency. Thanks to ultra-low internal friction and efficient combustion, it exceeds 40 percent thermal efficiency, which is among the highest in the world for a gasoline engine.

    The Prius gets a good share of its fuel efficiency by cheating the wind with an ultra-low 0.24 coefficient of drag (Cd), which is among the lowest of current production passenger cars. An automatic grille shutter reduces drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed. Even the air conditioning system, which uses a quiet electric compressor, works intelligently to maximize energy efficiency. The Smart-flow (S-FLOW) mode directs airflow only to seated occupants to conserve energy and maximize comfort.

    Standard Bi-LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps reduce energy consumption compared to halogens, while giving better light and having a longer service life. A backup camera comes standard on all grades, and a full-width glass panel beneath the rear spoiler aids rearward visibility while also serving as a distinctive design feature.

    Toyota New Global Architecture
    The fourth-generation Prius is built around the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). The platform introduced a new high-strength body structure, multi-link rear suspension and a lower center of gravity. The result for the Prius is a highly engaging driving experience combined with exemplary ride smoothness and a quiet cabin.

    Hot-stamped and high tensile steels, which allow for intricate forms that are both lightweight and strong, are used extensively throughout the body. Aluminum components, including the hood and rear doorframes and brake calipers, help keep vehicle weight low. Innovative fastening methods, including laser screw welding and advanced adhesives, contribute to structural strength.

    Peace-of-Mind Warranty Protection
    Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. A 60-month warranty covers the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. The hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for 96 months/100,000 miles.

    The Prius also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. For Prius, the complimentary 24-hour roadside assistance is extended to three years (over the standard two years on other models).
     
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    It's not "much hated" at all - I love it.

    It doesn't show every speck of dust like the "much hated" piano black. Give me more white please!!!

    BUT

    Unfortunately - it's got LESS white - and even more BLACK - this was in the Australian press today:
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    AND

    Unfortunately - we've still not got buttons or knobs on the radio. GRRRR.
     
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    I think it is great. 4WD is great in wintertime.
    I also like the new look of the front, the back seems a bit boring though.
    Looks a bit like gen3 IMO.


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    Those fake front bumper vents in front of the wheel wells look like those on the Prime,
     
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    You should try the Honda's without knob controls on the radio. I prefer knobs.
     
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    Looking forward to the commentary. I like the smoother front end (gen3 inspired?) style changes. The rear lamp configuration and design is probably better for visibility but isn't particularly stylish, need to let it marinade some more.
     
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    omg! ... is Danny really back? Nah, must be his ghostwriting alter ego.

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    Must say I think it looks way better now, I never really had a problem with its current looks. But I like this a lot more. Just saw the pictures on Facebook lol, I thought Toyota was gonna wait until their live show tonight with showing it and sharing info.
     
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    Does anyone know if the prime will have awd option?
     
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    From Danny's post, above. Looks like the "white porcelain toilet" appliques are gone.
     
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    Might vary from continent to continent
     
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    I thought I heard that the engine is going to the Toyota D-4S (port and direct injection) system, no?
     
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