New York Auto Show: Toyota Prius Prime [video] image

The Japanese automaker has decided the world premiere of the plug in hybrid version of the new generation Prius should take place in front of the audience of the New York International Auto Show.

The model was teased in an intriguing manner a while back but now we all saw the Prius Prime in New York, and the rumor mill guessed it correctly alongside with us – it was the plug in hybrid powertrain derivative. But the plug in hybrid Prime also comes with a slightly styling compared to the regular Prius, aside from the ubiquitous addition of an extra fuel cap – the different design takes cues from the greenest model of the family, the fuel cell powered Mirai. The front end gets a different treatment and quad LED headlights which should be “glowing like diamonds,” as Toyota comments. The back has also been modified rather seriously and now has interconnected and reshaped LED taillights.

The Prius Prime is also now 2.4 inches longer and 0.6 inches lower, with the ride height also dropping like an inch compared to the outgoing model. Of more importance may be the electric range, which has been upped to an estimated 35 kilometers (22 miles) – about twice as better as the predecessor. The top speed in the electric model will be of up to 84 mph (135 km/h). The 2017 Prius Prime will return according to Toyota an estimated 120+ MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), which is 26 percent better than before. With the 11.3-gallon tank and 8.8-kWh battery pack the model has an estimated combined range of more than 600 miles (965 kilometers).