Toyota adds more style and PHEV to Prius with Prime
Toyota officially unveiled the Prius Prime at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Billed as the most efficient model with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, it features a Mirai-inspired exterior design, four-seat cabin layout fitted with the latest amenities and an all-electric mode that will make the most out of the vehicle.
Design-wise however, it differs from the standard Prius. Taking cues from the Mirai FCV, it has a more coupe-like profile. Up front, it has sweeping headlights, vertical daytime running lights (DRLs) and a Lexus-inspired grill. It also has active grill shutters that lessen drag.
The side features a sloped roofline, distinct beltline and five-spoke alloy wheels. Further differentiating it from the standard Prius is its rear. It gets wraparound L-shaped taillights that link in the middle, altered trunk design and rear lip spoiler.
Inside, a tablet-inspired 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment makes its home on the center console. It comes standard with navigation, heads-up display, Bluetooth, voice recognition and an Entune multimedia system. Other standard equipment present in the Prius Prime are: multifunction steering wheel, engine start/stop button, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control that can work even if the engine is off, wireless phone charging, parking sensors and a multi-information display.
Under the hood is the same 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four found in the standard Prius. It is then connected to a continuously variable transmission that drives the front wheels. As stated earlier, the Prius Prime’s 8.8kwH electric battery can be fully recharged with a 120V power outlet for 5 ½ hours. Recharging time however can be cut in half when used with a 240V power source. Moreover, the engine also benefits from an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), more compact and quieter water pump and an exhaust heat recirculation system that speeds hastens engine warm up.
In electric mode Toyota says the Prime has a maximum range of 35 kilometers and can reach speeds of up to 135 km/h. In hybrid mode however, it has an estimated maximum range of over 965 km and an average fuel consumption of 51 km/l.
Other available equipment for the 2017 Prius Prime include: Entune JBL audio system, exclusive Prius Prime apps and remote control for the climate system.