What is the 2017 Prius Prime?
Based on the early buzz, the market is primed for the 2017 Prius Prime. With its focus on fuel efficiency, comfort, and utility, this iteration of the popular hybrid brings appealing features that are sure to catch the attention of many drivers. Check out all the reasons the Prius Prime is poised to become the next big innovation in hybrid cars.
Green Energy in Action
The 2017 Prius Prime is capable of using both its motor and generator to power the wheels in EV mode. When it’s set to EV mode, the Prime runs exclusively on energy from the battery pack. The power comes from lithium-ion battery technology that creates 8.8 kilowatts per hour, two times the energy capacity of batteries in previous Prius models. As a result, the 2017 Prius has double the range of its predecessors, a total of 22 miles.
The range for the hybrid power train is a whopping 600 miles, which requires a fully-charged battery and a full tank of gas. The gas-powered engine is a 1.8-liter, Atkinson cycle, four-cylinder machine, the same one that’s in the 2016 Prius hybrid.
In addition, the vehicle has a miles per gallon equivalent of 120 in EV mode, which is better than most electric cars on the market. With the battery completely charged, the top speed for the 2017 Prius is 84 miles per hour. It achieves this speed without switching to gas.
An Appealing Interior
Thanks to an extra 2.4 inches of length and .6 inches of width, the 2017 Prius offers slightly more cargo space than the 2016 model. The back seats split and fold 60/40 to create even more room. With heated front seats and automatic climate control, the newest Prius promises a comfortable ride.
Keeping passengers entertained is Toyota’s Entune music and information system that passengers access through an 11.6-inch screen. Proprietary apps available through the touchscreen help you manage the vehicle’s charging schedule, find nearby charging stations, and share your eco driving stats on social media platforms. Passengers who want to charge their devices have the convenience of Qi wireless charging.
Notable Exterior Upgrades
Deeper lines on the front fascia are just one example of the 2017 Prius Prime’s new look. Enclosures for the headlamps frame a middle area that’s darkened and omits the Prius’ notable protruding lower edge. Taillights are part of a wraparound style that merges into a spoiler to create a modern look that’s unique to the 2017 Prius Prime.
Boasting an eye-catching new exterior, the new model is built for efficiency. With an aluminum hood, a rear hatch made of carbon fiber, and high-strength steel elsewhere, the vehicle is lightweight. A lighter car has less drag, enhancing fuel efficiency. The grille shutters open automatically when the radiator gets too hot. Otherwise, they stay closed to provide improved aerodynamics.
At the New York Auto Show, industry observers and the public got their first look at the 2017 Prius Prime. The vehicle is set to make its official debut later this year when it goes on the market across the United States.