The fourth generation of the iconic Prius has only recently made its debut for the 2016 model year. Arriving as a completely redesigned model, the latest Prius is also the first Toyota to be based on the company’s new TNGA modular architecture. Now, the most recent reports from the 2016 New York Motor Show announce the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid to go on sale as a 2017 model. Namely, the Prius Prime will be the range-topping version of the new model, replacing the old Prius Plug-In Hybrid. As for the regular variant of the 2017 Toyota Prius, expect it to arrive without any significant alterations.
The 2017 Toyota Prius is most likely to hit the showrooms in November 2016. While the standard versions are expected to retain the pricing figures of the current model, the all-new Prius Prime’s cost will be revealed in the coming months.
Compared to the outgoing Prius PHEV, the upcoming Prius Prime will be 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and an inch lower. As a result, the brand new model in the Prius lineup will offer more passenger space and an improved cargo capacity. The feature that sets it apart from the standard Prius is an 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack fitted beneath the rear seat. According to Toyota, this battery will give the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime an electric-only range of 22 miles. It is also expected to become the most efficient plug-in hybrid model in production, returning more than 120 mpg with a total range of up to 600 miles.
Not only that, the Prius Prime will feature a different exterior and interior design than the rest of the Prius lineup. The exterior changes include a reshaped front fascia, with new horizontal LED tail-lights instead of the familiar vertical units. Inside the cabin, the model gets a large tablet-style display featuring infotainment andnavigation functions. The upcoming Prius Prime will also be able to use smartphone apps for locating charging stations. As for the safety features, it comes with adaptive cruise control, as well as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
2017 Toyota Prius Engine Specs
Just like the outgoing model, the 2017 Toyota Prius will use the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder combined with a pair of electric generators. The system’s net output is rated at 121 horsepower, with the front wheels receiving the power through a unique electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. According to EPA tests, the fuel economy of the regular Prius is rated at 52 mpg combined.