Toyota Prius is a very well-known franchise among popular Toyota car enthusiasts. For the year of 2018, Toyota has decided to bring renewed hybrid powertrain to this segment, making way for 2018 Toyota Prius Prime.
It has only been a year since the last Prius Prime model came out. Hence experts suggest that not much will change in terms of its design and presentation. However, powertrain upgrades are very likely to occur in these upcoming models. Toyota will also be looking into improving its fuel economy figures.
Hybrid Engine Details
The electric component for 2018 Toyota Prius will consist of a larger battery pack. A brand new 95 cell 8.8 kWh battery pack will be added to this new model, which offers around 25 miles of electric-only driving.
A better onboard battery charger is also available for fast charging, estimating full charge in 5.5 hours for 120-volt power, or in 2.5 hours for 240-volt power supply. The gasoline components of its engine will vary according to models:
A 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline 4-cylinder gasoline powered unit will be available for Prius C models, along with front-wheel drivetrain configuration. This complete setup generates 73 HP of max power.
A 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle inline 4-cylinder gasoline powered unit is available for Prius Prime and Prius V models, with front wheel drive train configuration. It yields around 95 HP of max power.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime will be available for customers in the following trim variants: Prime Plus, Prime Premium and Prime Advanced. The 2018 Toyota Prius c – in One, Two, Three and Four. Also, 2018 Toyota Prius v – in Two, Three, Four and Five trims options.
Fuel economy figures look quite impressive in both the engine models available for this 2018 Toyota Prius. Estimated EPA ratings vary between 2 engine setups in the following way:
The 1.5-liter variant produces an EPA rating of 55 MPG for city drive, 53 MPG for highway drive and 52 MPG for combined drive setup. The 1.8-liter variant estimates around a combined EPA rating of 41 MPG for Prius V, while making around 133 MPGe for Prius Prime in EV mode.
As mentioned before, 2018 Toyota Prius Prime will not include radical design changes since it has only been a year for its predecessor model. Still, customers can expect the following upgrades when it comes to styling and features in this new model:
New quad LED headlamps, with sleek LED tail lights and curved rear glass panel. Carbon fiber hatch design with a tapered roofline and better aerodynamics. A brand new 6-inch touch screen display module for infotainment purposes. 15-inch standard alloy wheels with automatic climate control and satellite navigation.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime Price and Availability
Toyota has not yet confirmed any official dates for the release of 2018 Toyota Prius Prime. Still, experts suggest that mid-2017 or early-2018 is likely to be the time for this vehicle to come into the markets. As of its price, official sources indicate that it might cost somewhere between $28,000 and $35,000.