One of the most remarkable vehicles seen at the 2016 New York International Auto Show was at the Toyota exhibit -- the 2017 Prius Prime. Long known as the world leader when it comes to hybrid vehicles, Toyota unveiled its latest ultra-efficient model equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Prius Prime.
Many people know that the word “Prime” refers to the best and this is apt for this model considering that it is not only the most technologically advanced but also the best-equipped Prius by far. The fuel economy rating of the Prius Prime is manufacturer-estimated to be at least 120 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).
This is 26% better compared to the previous model and is predicted to be the highest MPGe rating for a Plug-in Hybrid. All of these are due to an enhanced hybrid system and a battery that offers greater capacity. When the hybrid mode is activated, the Prius Prime hopes to have an MPG rating that is better, or at the very least equal, to that of the Prius liftback.
Unlike the previous iteration of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the 2017 Prius Prime has an electric powertrain that is more capable. It has also been combined with an exciting design.
Running purely on electric power, the 2017 Prius Prime is estimated to have a range of 22 miles, twice that of the prior model and enough to meet the daily commuter needs of more than half of drivers in the U.S. Similarly under EV mode, maximum speed is at 84 mph.
Even if the 2017 Prius Prime has excellent fuel economy, it still shows the same dynamics as that of the standard Prius hybrid. This is the result of having an independent double-wishbone rear suspension and a new high-strength platform.
Though the new Prius hybrid already has exclusive technological features and premium styling, the Prius Prime has even more of these. For instance there is the HD central multimedia 11.6-inch screen equipped with the full color head-up display and comes with the standard navigation system.
As the name implies, the Prius Prime also hosts a wide range of the latest in safety technologies like the Toyota Safety Sense P. There is also the advanced active safety suite with a number of features like the Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking, and the Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that comes with full stop technology.
Improving safety even further are the Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitor. As part of the lineup of 2017 Prius hybrid models, the Prius Prime has the standard eight supplemental restraint system airbags.
These include the airbags for the driver and front passenger side, a seat cushion airbag for the front passenger, multi-stage driver and front passenger front airbags, driver knee airbag, and full-length curtain airbags.