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Toyota unveils 2017 Prius Prime estimated at 120 MPGe

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

New York — Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled the most fuel-efficient Prius ever Wednesday morning at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

2017 Prius Prime

The Japanese automaker said the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid vehicle has a manufacturer-estimated 120 or above MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), a substantial 26-percent enhancement over its predecessor thanks to greater battery capacity and an improved hybrid system.

Toyota's 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

The plug-in, which debuts the new “Prime” name, is targeting a hybrid MPG equal to or better than the traditional Prius. It is expected to offer an estimated two times the electric range of the previous model — 22 miles — meeting the daily commuter distance of over half of U.S. drivers, and drive at speeds up to 84 mph without leaving EV mode.

Toyota's 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

With a full 11.3-gallon tank of regular-grade gasoline and a full electric charge, Toyota anticipates the 2017 Prius Prime to have a class-leading estimated total driving range of more than 600 miles.

Toyota's 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

The company says it chose the name “Prime” because it “means best, making it the perfect name for one of the most technologically advanced, best-equipped Prius in the model’s history.”

The overall styling of the plug-in vehicle is similar to the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid with a few tweaks, including new LED halo lighting on the rear of the car.

Toyota's 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

The Prius Prime is expected to arrive in dealerships in late fall. Pricing was not announced.

mwayland@detroitnews.com

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