The new Prius is a mid-size compact car, developed as a full hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by Japanese auto maker Toyota. The 2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will probably retain its all basic build; only modifications it will feature are revamp in engine compartment for a better hybrid vehicle.
2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid – Interior and Exterior
The Prius owes its fuel efficiency to its lift-back aerodynamic design, with company reports saying a drag coefficient of 0.26. The spied images published shows the body has been completely covered in black sheets, but it retains Kammback body design. Wheels have been reduced to an extent where they can be labeled as ‘tiny’. The car may get a revamped exterior facelift including newer LED headlamps and tail lamps. It may retain the distinctive front fascia and bumper featured in current models.
Interiors will probably remain the same as current generation Prius plug-in hybrids. The car’s light weight design (with the introduction of new plant derived ecological bio-plastics), allows for further reduction in fuel economy. The upcoming model will be first to be based on TNGA Modular Platform, which has enhanced structural integrity and a lower center of gravity. Interiors are roomier than previous generation models, with increase in area of cargo space and passengers, will add to the car’s passenger comforts.
2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid – Engine and Transmission
The 2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will be powered by a 1.8 liter Atkinson 4-cylinder engine, a Lithium-ion battery pack with high-capacity, electric motor which has very high torque and a sophisticated advanced power system. These two powertrains gives out a total output of 100 horsepower, allowing the driver to shift between the gasoline’s powered electric motor and engine, both in all driving conditions. The new 2017 Prius plug-in hybrid will get a jump in electric motors and battery pack section, since the all-electric range is expected to increase up to 35 miles, up from around 11 miles of current generation models, thus nearly quadrupling its efficiency. This will allow the new model to achieve a further high level of fuel economy.
The new 2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will probably feature the standard ‘Electrically Controlled Continuous Variable Transmission’ system. This allows it to have only one gear ratio, thereby not allowing multiplying of engine torque at lowers speeds.
The fuel economy is expected to reach around 50 miles per gallon as well as 34 miles on all-electric range.
The new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid comes with Star Safety System’s standard six active safety technologies, which includes Anti-lock Brake System, Break Assist, Electronic Break Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Smart Stop Technology. Other features include a 6.1 inch touch interface display audio system along with 6 in one speakers, USB input facilities, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system with voice recognition, integrated XM satellite radio, etc. The Technology package will feature Toyota pre-collision system, AVN premium navigation, auto-leveling headlamp system and dynamic radar cruise control.
2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid – Price and Release
The 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be available from late 2016, with no clear indications of price. However, some speculations put base price at around $35,000.