Reviews of the upcoming car make it sound like a vast improvement over its predecessor.
The favourite hybrid of the Americans has now gotten a lot better. The new Prius Prime made its debut at the New York Auto Show this week. Critics are already saying it’s a vast improvement over the variant it will be replacing.
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The Prius Prime will be replacing the Prius Plug-In. the hybrid features a record-setting mileage figure of 120 MPGe. The hybrid Prius Prime already has a crucial edge over other cars in its class.
The new Prius is of traveling twice as far in the all-electric mode with a range of 22 miles. The car comes equipped with a large 8.8 kWh battery pack located under the back seat.
The Prius has an all-electric speed increased from 62 mph to 84 mph. Meanwhile the electric motor can achieve a maximum 127 horsepower (95 kW). Previously the Prius Plug-In could only go up from 68 kW.
The Prius Prime will take only 5.5 hours to charge on a 110-volt outlet. Similarly it will take only less than three hours to charge on a 240-volt outlet.
Toyota claims the Prius Prime would be able to travel more than 600 miles. But if the battery and the 11.3-gallon tank are completely charged.
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The design of the new Prius Prime is even more striking than the Prius Plug-In. Although the changes are subtle, but quite evident. The new Prius Prime will feature a carbon fiber rear hatch and dual-wave rear glass.