All-Battery Range for 22 Miles for 5-State Car for Late Fall
Toyota is trumpeting “Prius Prime” as the handle for the plug-in hybrid electric version of its Prius hybrid for 2017, forecasting an all-battery range of about 22 miles (double that of the current version) and promising that the car will be available in all 50 states.
“The Prius Prime’s manufacturer-estimated 120 or above MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) is expected to be the highest MPGe rating of any plug-in hybrid,” Toyota said in unveiling the car at the New York International Auto Show.
The vehicle will have an 8.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack. And, like current Prius hybrids, Prius Prime will have a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, 4-cylinder engine.
“The wind-cheating body and its high-strength/low weight structure are critical factors in the Prius Prime’s astoundingly low energy consumption,” Toyota says. “Its coefficient of drag is expected to be among the lowest for production sedans. Automatic grille shutters help reduce drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed.”
And, “as parsimonious with fuel as the Prius Prime may be, it drives with the same verve as the standard new-generation Prius hybrid, one result of the new high-strength platform and double-wishbone independent rear suspension.”
The 2017 Prius Prime is to begin arriving in Toyota showrooms in late fall.
The New York International Auto Show runs though April 3.
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