The 2017 Prius Prime overwrites the previous Prius Plug-In hybrid left off. It now uses a larger battery for increased pure electric range that forces the total gas/electric hybrid range to around 600 miles.
With Its new 8.8 kWh battery pack nearly doubles the all-electric range of the Prius Prime compared to the old Prius Plug-In. The meaning is that it should be good for around 22 miles of range on the battery only. Toyota insists you will be able to fully recharge the battery pack in about 5.5 hours on a standard household plug.
Once the battery power is charged, a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine takes over. It’s the same engine used in the standard Prius, so it has all the latest fuel-sipping methods that make it as fuel-efficient as possible.
On the outside, the Prius Prime differentiates itself from the normal Prius with quad LED headlights up front and a curved glass hatch out back, flanked by cool-looking LED taillights. That rear glass is flanked by a carbon-fiber hatch for weight reduction.
Toyota also went to serious work on the interior. Like the first-generation Chevrolet Volt, the Prius Prime is a four-seater, though these seats fold 60/40. The big change inside comes by way of an 11.6-inch tablet-style center display/command center that is mounted vertically.
This system, Toyota insist, works by swiping and tapping, just like the devices we use every day. It’s a departure from options we’ve seen from Toyota in the past.
How Much, and When Is It Available?
No official pricing has been given yet. Its expected to be seen by December of this year.