2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota launched a generational update to its Prius hybrid model recently, and follows that car up with the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime at the New York auto show.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Prime is the new name Toyota is giving the plug-in hybrid version of the Prius.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The Prime combines the Prius' hybrid drivetrain with a larger battery pack that can be recharged from the grid.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The hybrid drivetrain and plug-in capability give the Prius Prime fuel efficiency of 120 mpg equivalent, in Toyota's initial estimation.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Like the Prius, the Prius Prime gets a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, burning gasoline to drive the front wheels.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The hybrid system adds an electric drive motor to the engine. Electricity is recaptured through braking and deceleration, and reused to drive the car.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

LED headlights contribute to the Prius Prime's efficiency, and will likely last for the life of the car.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Unlike the standard Prius, the Prius Prime gets a large 8-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

On a f ull charge, the Prius Prime can go 22 miles under electricity alone.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

As with the Prius, the Prius Prime's styling reflect very specific aerodynamic needs.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The new Prius exhibits much better handling and driving dynamics over its predecessor, but the Prius Prime will have to contend with a heavier battery pack.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Braking regeneration, recharging the battery, greatly reduces wear and tear on the friction brakes.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota gives the Prius Prime this floating roof look with a blacked-out rear pillar.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Instead of separate fuel filler and plug-in ports, Toyota combines those under one hatch.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius Prime plugs into a standard J1772 electric car charger.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Published:Caption:Photo:Sarah Tew/Roadshow

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Published:Caption:Photo:Sarah Tew/Roadshow

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Published:Caption:Photo:Sarah Tew/Roadshow

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Published:Caption:Photo:Sarah Tew/Roadshow

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Published:Caption:Photo:Sarah Tew/Roadshow

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius Prime retains its practicality with plenty of cargo space.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The dashboard has a future-forward style.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Published:Caption:Photo:Sarah Tew/Roadshow

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Published:Caption:Photo:Sarah Tew/Roadshow

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

This 11-inch portrait style touchscreen will be an option in the Prius Prime.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime

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