Toyota's Prius Prime plug-in hybrid touts 120MPG

Toyota's Prius Prime plug-in hybrid touts 120MPG

Drew Phillips

Toyota’s Prius line has misplaced a few of its luster in recent times. Whereas it is nonetheless synonymous with hybrid automobiles, its plug-in hybrid mannequin is dealing with stiff competitors that has an edge when it comes to pure electrical vary. The auto big is not standing nonetheless, although: it is unveiling the Prius Prime as a solution to those pretenders to the throne. The PHEV’s electrical-solely vary has been doubled to a (nonetheless modest) 22 miles, nevertheless it makes up for this with an equal effectivity of 120MPG. If the determine holds up, it makes the Prime probably the most gasoline-environment friendly plug-in available on the market. Toyota chalks it as much as the mixture of an upgraded hybrid system and a bigger battery.

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The car is a technological showcase on the within, too. If you would like, you possibly can have an eleven.6-inch touchscreen that dominates the middle stack Tesla-fashion. You will even have the standard raft of circa-2016 choices, together with a heads-up show, Qi wi-fi charging for smartphones, pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings and radar-based mostly cruise management.

The Prius Prime ought to arrive within the fall, however Toyota is not discussing the worth but. That could be the true deciding issue right here — if the Prime is just too costly subsequent to the competitors (and even common Prius fashions), it might deter consumers who’d in any other case be bought. If it is at the least on par, although, it might reel in loads of commuters keen to chop gasoline prices with out the shorter ranges that include all-electrical automobiles.

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Toyota's Prius Prime plug-in hybrid touts 120MPG