How Different Is Toyota’s Prius Prime From Prius Plug-In? – Design & Trend

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Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota is back at it. The Japanese automaker is making another bold statement in the hybrid cars market with the release of its second-generation, plug-in hybrid Prius line, the Prius Prime. 

Owners of the Prius Plug-In, the first iteration in Toyota’s hybrid line, may be wondering how different this new gas-electric car is from its predecessor. And many car reviewers and critics say it’s very different.

On the outside, Toyota has made noticeable changes, most especially on the anterior and the grille of the vehicle. While the front end of the Prius Plug-In looks outdated and plain, the new model is rocking a more defined grille design that’s noticeably connected to the slim headlights.

The Prius Prime also received a major facelift on its overall shape. The Plug-In sports the traditional aerodynamic styling of the original Prius cars. On the other hand, the Prime model has a lower arching back, making the side windows appear longer, since they meet with the rear glass through design continuity.

The trunk of the car is a different story. Comparing it to that of its predecessor’s, the Prius Prime’s back is unrecognizable in a good way. It has a sporty design despite keeping the liftback shape found on the Plug-In. 

Toyota had to sacrifice the cargo space of this hybrid for beauty. The new model’s carbon-fiber liftgate opens to an elevated trunk floor that accommodates 7 cubic feet less than its predecessor’s 12.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity, reported Automobile

Under the hood, the Prius Prime comes with an 8.8 KWh battery, according to Modern Readers, and that’s twice the 4.4 KWh power capacity of Prius Plug-In’s lithium-ion battery. 

Speaking of power, recharging Plug-In’s battery takes three hours with a 120-volt source and an hour and a half with a 240-volt source. Interestingly, Prime’s battery only takes five-and-a-half hours to recharge completely with a 120-volt source and less than three hours with a 240-volt source.

The icing on the cake of the Prius Prime is its electric motor that has approximately 120+ MPGe mileage, which is greater that the Plug-In’s 95 MPGe and is expected to be the highest miles per gallon equivalent rating of all the plug-in hybrid cars to date, per Canadian Reviewer

The new electric motor is all the more commendable because it can achieve up to 95 kW or 127 horsepower compared to the previous one’s 68kW or 91 horsepower. With this, the newly launched hybrid can run up to 22 miles at 82 mph, while the old version covers 11 miles at 62 mph on electric-only driving mode, as noted by Left Lane.

Other changes in the Prius Prime include: bigger 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system (from the 6.1-inch of the Plug-In),seat configuration (Prime seats four; Plug-In seats five) and a larger 3.3 kW onboard charger (as opposed to Plug-In’s 2.2 kW charger).

Though pricing is not yet available, Toyota reportedly plans to sell 20,000 units of its new plug-in hybrid in the United States yearly, according to The Christian Science Monitor

How Different Is Toyota’s Prius Prime From Prius Plug-In? – Design & Trend