Increased pure electric range to cover more of your commute; total range of approximately 600 miles; more interior space than previous Prius plug-in; standard 11.6-inch touchscreen dashboard interface.
Still doesn't offer as much electric range as the Chevy Volt; four-passenger seating only.
What's New for 2017
The 2017 Prius Prime takes over where the previous Prius Plug-In hybrid left off. It uses a larger battery for increased pure electric range that pushes the total gas/electric hybrid range to around 600 miles.
Its new 8.8 kWh battery pack nearly doubles the all-electric range of the Prius Prime compared to the previous Prius Plug-In. That means it should be good for around 22 miles of range on the battery only. Toyota says 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 up, 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 strategies that make it as fuel-efficient as possible.
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 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 says, works by swiping and tapping, just like the devices we use every day. It's a departure from what we've seen from Toyota in the past, and we'll report back as soon as we get our hands on a production model.
How Much, and When Is It Available?
No official pricing has been released yet. Expect to see the 2017 Prius Prime in dealers by December of this year.
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