Ever since the Toyota Prius has been introduced, the model has been the much-admired one for drivers who offer top priority to the fuel economy. The vehicle was so popular among those who do not seek style and luxury, but would like to go the utmost distance on the least quantity of fuel. Although it is a good idea, in an industry with more electric vehicles and luxurious hybrids popping up right and left, Toyota is required to improve the performance of its standard Prius. The Japanese automaker achieves this through the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid, designed with a lot more style and luxury facilities than the standard Prius, and it was unveiled at the Auto Show in New York.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Changes, Exterior
The most obvious outside visual changes are in the front part where the horizontal quad LED headlamps are designed to match the vertical daylight running lamps.
Around back, the new vehicle comes equipped with attractively designed taillights, carrying the shape of a wing with LED bulbs. These taillights have been designed to complement the perpendicular lights in the corners. According to Toyota, the LEDs would offer better illumination, at the same time as reducing power consumption simultaneously when compared to conventional halogen lights.
In silhouette, physically powerful character stripes give the new Prius Prime a raked look, which is highlighted by a slightly bulbous back end. Extremely angular cuts and profound recesses are found all over the vehicle, a staple of the most identifiable eco-warrior of Toyota.
Regarding outside dimensions, 2017 Prime comes with an increased length of 2.4 inches and an increased width of 0.6 inches, but an inch shorter than the earlier plug-in model.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime Interior
The cabin of comes with the same class of spacey, innovative design, similar to the models in the Prius family. The major attraction of the interior is the center console mounted 11.6-inch touch-screen, which is similar to that of the Tesla. On top of this, there will be two color TFT multi-information exhibits each with the size of 4.2 inches. These displays offer important information, such as road velocity, whereas the drive mode selector, with reverse, park, and neutral modes are positioned below.
The various electric systems would be monitored and controlled by a mobile app, which will also score the driver on the way the driver is driving the vehicle inexpensively. The cabin also comes equipped with noise-insulated laminated glass for the front doors and the windshield.
Some of the standard equipment features available with the 2017 Prime include:
Rear backup camera.
Smart automatic climate control.
Heated front seats.
USB 2.0 port.
Siri Eyes Free.
Bluetooth music streaming.
Users of smart phones can control numerous features remotely, counting:
Checking the charge status.
Turning on the air conditioner.
Finding charge locations.
Altering the charge scheduling.
The cabin also comes equipped with a Qi wireless charging port, which is compatible with all devices. The new vehicle comes equipped with a fuel tank with the maximum capacity of 11.3 gallons.
2017 Prius comes equipped with a four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with the displacement of 1.8 liters found in the 2016 model Prius. This engine has an unbelievable 40 % thermal efficiency, which is better than the normal 25 to 30 % of most other engines. This is due to the improvements, such as an exhaust gas reflow system, a smaller and lighter water pump in the hybrid system, and an exhaust gas heat reflow system. This 2017 Toyota Prius Prime engine will be combined with an 8.8-kWh capacity battery, which is more powerful than that of the earlier plug-in model. The engine also offers better acceleration that makes it reach the 60 mph velocity from the static mode in 7 seconds and assists it to attain the maximum speed of 125 mph while in normal mode.
The new hybrid offers fuel economy of 120 miles per gallon equivalent, and it could cover the maximum distance of 22 miles solely with electric power. Fuel consumption is 54 mpg/city, 50 mpg/highway, and 52 mpg. The combination offers the new vehicle an impressive maximum velocity of 84 mph while in EV mode. With a 100 % filled up gas tank with normal unleaded, and with the fully charged battery, the new vehicle will be capable of covering a maximum distance of 600 miles.
Base price and release date
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime release date is estimated to be during the last quarter of 2016 with the starting price of $ 30,000.
New Toyota Prius Prime 2017 Photos