Toyota's Prius has never been what you'd call a good looking car.
It's more of a function over forum sort of design.
But it is about time for the obligatory mid cycle styling refresh, so here we have the new 2019 Toyota Prius hatchback.
I wouldn't blame you for thinking that they sort of phoned in this redesign.
The changes are very subtle, and a lot of it is sort of borrowed from the Prius Prime and then streamlined into this new look.
You can see it particularly around the rear end, with the new tail light design.
The rear end is also where you'll find the newest performance upgrade to the Prius lineup, a new all-wheel-drive variant.
Basically, what Toyota has done is they've slapped an electric motor on the rear axle for the top two trim levels, giving you a heaping dose of traction in inclement weather without too big of a hit to fuel economy.
Expect the all-wheel drive Prius to do around 50 city and 48 highway mpg versus the 52, 50 with most front-wheel drive Priuses of this generation.
Pricing and packaging haven't been announced, but we can expect more details as we approach the 2019 launch.
Stay tuned for even more coverage of the 2018 LA Auto Show for even more cool debuts like this one.
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