2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Arrives in Europe – The Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid that replaces the previous Prius Plug-in. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 Prius Prime is more efficient, features new tech, and can travel longer distances on all-electric power thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery, with twice the capacity of the previous model.
The 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid sits atop the Prius family. Although similar in size to the standard Prius, the Prius Prime only accommodates four passengers in order to make room for the larger battery that provides the hybrid’s expected all-electric range of 22 miles.
While the 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybridhas been an international success ever since its inception, the same can’t be said about its more recent plug in hybrid version – though its new generation might change the figures.
For starters, the 2017 Prius Plug-In Hybrid is able to go for “over 50 kilometers,” on electric power alone at a maximum speed of up to 135 km/h – that’s double the preceding generation’s range and a substantial increase from its 85 km/h.
With its combination of space and efficiency, the Prius is quite compelling—in our experience, 46 mpg is achievable, even at 75-mph speeds. In the fun-to-drive department, though, it falls short, and the brakes feel vague. The cabin is mostly quiet, but the tires clomp loudly over broken roads. The seats are comfortable; fold down the rear ones for 66 cu ft of cargo room. A responsive touchscreen controls the infotainment system. The Prius Eco model rates at 58 mpg city and 53 mpg highway.
With better credentials comes even better technology – and this might be the secret to success, as it would be able to justify the price hike over the regular Prius. Speaking of, the new Prius Plug-In Hybrid costs 37,550 in Germany and £36,395 in the UK, and comes with a new battery as well as the new Dual Motor Drive System.
The pack now has a capacity of 8.8 kWh, while the hybrid powertrain gets a one-way gear within the transaxle – allowing the generator to effectively become a second electric motor when needed.
With the TNGA platform at its disposal, the new 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has a 60 percent increased body rigidity, as well as a standard Toyota Safety Sense with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning with steering control. There’s also an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a head-up display and two 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster screens.