Toyota unveils 2017 Prius Prime estimated at 120 MPGe
New York — Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled the most fuel-efficient Prius ever Wednesday morning at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Prius Prime is expected to arrive in dealerships in late fall. Pricing was not announced.