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The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid has a new name: Prius Prime.
Introduced at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the Toyota Prius Prime is expected to return an estimated 120 MPGe, making it the best out of any plug-in hybrid in the market today. It gets a substantial 26-percent improvement over its predecessor, courtesy of a larger battery and an improved hybrid system. The plug-in hybrid is also targeting a hybrid MPG equal to or better than the standard Prius liftback when used in hybrid mode.
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Although testing hasn’t been conducted for official numbers, Toyota expects the Prius Prime to get a 22-mile all-electric range, which is double its predecessor. In EV mode, the Toyota Prius Prime will be capable of traveling up to 84 mph.
Powering it is the same 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine found in all the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid models, although the Prime is equipped with a 8.8-kWh battery pack. It is also 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider and about an inch lower than the previous plug-in hybrid model. The big news is a single 11.3-gallon tank along with a full electric charge will be capable of delivering a best-in-class 600-mile driving range.
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime will arrive dealerships this fall.
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