The Prius plug-in sales were not optimistic – last year result of just a bit more than 4000 copies shows the real interest of plug-in version – people simply doesn’t want to overpay for extended EV mode. Nevertheless, Toyota decided to conquer the market once again by introducing whole new Prius Prime – new name for PHEV version of Prius, which has only tech similarities with the standard Prius. Could it beat the leader of segment – new Chevrolet Volt?
The reasons for the low consumer interest in hybrids experts associated with lower gasoline prices. However, at the moment they followed the price of oil has stabilized, and since the beginning of this year, sales of plug-in hybrids once again started to grow (it is curious that the sale of conventional hybrids and electric vehicles is in the red).
Prime Is Not Ordinary Prius
Unlike the Prius Prime predecessor it is very different from ordinary Prius: it has original design of the front and the rear end, and the interior looks more expensive due to the 11.6-inch tablet on the center console.
Technically Prius Prime repeats the normal Prius, but has a lithium-ion battery of greater capacity (8.8 kWh) and is able to overcome up to 22 miles in pure electric.
At the auto show in New York in 2016, the premiere of the rechargeable version of hybrid hatchback 4th generation Toyota Prius , got Prime prefix to name. What is remarkable, for this modification of the Prius, Toyota greatly redrew the design of the model. In general, the design of the new 2017 Prius is controversal. But the Toyota Prius Prime 2017 model year looks much more interesting. It completely changed the front, changing the design of head optics, grille and bumper.
In the rear Toyota Prius Prime will be difficult to confuse with any other car due to incredible shape rear lights. Rear bumper, by the way, was also subjected to change.
Prius Prime Sales has begun in the fall in the United States only. The same time manufacturer will announce the prices for a new car.
Update: Pricing revealed: 2017 Prius Prime price starting from $27,985, which is more than $2,000 more than ordinary Prius. The top-end version costs $33,985. Quite pricey, nevertheless more affordable than Volt.
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The main technical filling in the new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is the same as the regular version. The powerplant consist of a 1.8-liter petrol engine capacity of 95 hp (104 ft lb), combined with 72-horsepower (120 ft lb) electric motor (which calculates as 121 HP of combined power). But under intense acceleration generator begins to play the role of an additional electric motor. Thrust is transmitted to the wheels through a stepless variator. But the battery is completely different – the lithium-ion capacity of 8.8 kWh (on the predecessor was 4.4 kWh), while the standard version – 1.3 kWh (nickel hydride) or 0.75 (lithium). Full charge time with 110V outlet required 5.5 hours and at 240V – approximately 2.25 hours.
Inside, the rechargeable hybrid also has some changes. The overall architecture of the front panel in the Toyota Prius Prime has not changed, but the screen of infotainment system on the center console has increased to an impressive 11.6 inches in diagonal. Second row seats now accommodate only 2 person for some reason.
Sales of the new Toyota Prius Prime in the United States will start in the fall of 2016, the price is not specified. The standard equipment of the hybrid includes eight airbags, climate control (you can remotely control it using the Prius Prime Apps), navigation, heated front seats, feature wireless charging for smartphones and complex security systems Toyota Safety Sense. For an extra charge available seats with leather upholstery imitation, color head-up display, automatic parking system, JBL audio system with 10 speakers and so on.
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Fuel Efficiency of Prius Prime
The company reported that on the pure electric mode Toyota Prius Prime 2017 is able to overcome about 22 miles at a speed of 90 mph (previous generation car could only 11 miles), but it is still lower than that of competitors like the Hyundai Ioniq (31 miles) and the Chevrolet Volt 2 (52 miles). The total reserve of a fully charged battery and tucked under the lid 11.3 gallon tank claimed 600 miles, so that the average rate would be about 47 miles per gallon. In this case the manufacturer assures that more than half of Americans can and do get from home to work and back without spending a drop of gasoline.
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|2017 Toyota Prius Prime|
|Engine type||DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, Atkinson cycle, 2 AC electric motors|
|Power/torque||95 HP (121 HP combined); 105 lb-ft|
|Passenger volume||91 cu ft|
|Cargo volume||20 cu ft|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $28,000-$34,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Ioniq, Ford C-Max|