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When the next-generation Toyota Prius comes to market sometime in 2016 after delays, you will have a choice of battery pack and possibly two driveline options.

Speaking with Automotive News at Toyota’s world headquarters, Koei Saga, senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development said a low-cost nickel-metal hydride battery will be the base storage option with a lithium ion battery pack available as well.

This will be the first time the Prius is available with lithium ion electricity storage. There were no details available on the benefit of the lithium ion pack over its cheaper counterpart, though longer all-electric range and weight savings are likely.

Also, Toyota is considering giving the next-generation Prius all-wheel drive.

“I think we will possibly do it,” said Saga.

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