2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery
The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is still futuristic for some, it’s noticeably more conservative than the basic Prius.
Slated to go on sale by the end of 2016, it differs from the earlier model by providing significantly improved all-electric range (over 22 miles or 35 kilometers) thanks to a larger 8.8 kWh battery, and an even higher EPA rating for MPGe, as well as better handling and road manners. Using every tech trick in the book, the Prime should be able to go over 600 miles (966 kilometers) on a tank of fuel (11.3 gallons or 43 liters).
Indeed, Toyota is placing greater emphasis on the car’s EV mode and sees it competing head-on with the Chevrolet Volt. While the Volt will win on EV-only range, the Prius will be able to travel some 200 miles (322 kilometers) farther on a tank of fuel and it’s expected to come in at a lower price.
It comes standard with a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, two electric motors, and an 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that has twice the capacity of what was in the Prius Plug-In Hybrid. In EV mode, the car tops out at 84 mph (135 km/h) and the battery can be recharged in two hours with a 240-volt charger or 5.5 hours using a 110-volt charging device.
Although it was developed in parallel with the new Prius hybrid, it has a different exterior design as well as its own interior with a four-seat cabin layout.