December 04, 2018 By Eric Tipan

Toyota unveils first-ever Corolla Hybrid and Prius AWD-e

The automaker also debuts Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

Two of Toyota’s most popular nameplates is getting a huge makeover as the Corolla Hybrid and Prius AWD-e made their respective world premieres at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Corolla Hybrid will use a 1.8L engine to increase efficiency and reduce emission with a target consumption of 21.2 kilometers per liter.

It will also come loaded with the automaker’s latest driver assist system, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which will come with Pre-Collision System, Lane Tracing Assist, and updated versions of Lane Departure Alert and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Meanwhile, the Prius AWD-e (‘e’ stands for electric) has finally arrived as well. It’s highly acclaimed efficiency might take a hit as this unit is all-wheel drive equipped but it will still be significant at 22.1 kilometers per liter.

Compared to other all-wheel drive units, it does not use a center differential or torque-apportioning device. Instead, it has an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor (a first for Toyota) to power the rear wheels from 0 to 6 mph, then when needed, up to 43 mph.

This way, it is an on-demand system that switches to AWD for increased traction and better performance in various weather scenarios like snow or rain but also switches back to front-wheel drive when AWD is not needed for better fuel economy.

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