Lots of great introductions at the 2016 New York Auto Show this year, among them the Prime, formerly the PHEV, plug-in hybrid. The Prime claims 120 MPGe and can cruise up to 35 km when charged to full capacity. The Prime will do 135 km/h in EV mode, and gets a larger 8.8-K wh battery, a bigger package than its non-plug-in equivalent.
Prime is the first Toyota to use a dual-motor generation system that uses both a electric motor and generator to provide power to the wheels. Which means more acceleration.
The Prime gets a new body styling to improve aerodynamics and increased cargo space. Added are a charge port to differentiate the Prime from the Prius hybrid. New styling tweaks, all-new front and rear fascias; the rear with full taillight bar. Two 4.2-inch color TFT displays on the dash can be alternated between the steering wheel controls.
A Safety Sense P (pedestrian detection), pre-collision auto braking, lane departure alert, full-stop dynamic cruise control are all added to the Prime. Consumers can opt for rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring systems.
The Prime will be available in dealerships in the fall. Pricing will be announced closer to then.