The Toyota plans on releasing the much-anticipated plug-in variant known as the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime. Since the outgoing Prius is barely a year old, the odds are that the upcoming model mostly carries on unchanged save for a few tweaks here and there. For the 2018 model year, the Toyota Prius features a polarized exterior alongside an upgraded hybrid powertrain comprising of the lithium-ion battery pack.
Also, the new Toyota Prius Prime sets itself apart from its siblings with a distinct look that encompasses futuristic LED taillights, quad-LED headlights, curved rear glass and a carbon-fiber skirt.
The Prius is offered in four separate trims—Prius (with available Upgrade Package), Touring Package, Technology and Technology with Advanced Package. New for the Prius Prime edition is Toyota Safety Sense P which is now available as standard.
Other useful tech features include the lane departure alert, Pre-Collision System, dynamic radar cruise control and automatic high beam among others. Besides, all Toyota Prius Prime versions get heated front seats as standard.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime—External and Internal Cosmetics
The redesigned 2018 Toyota Prius Prime measures 2.4 inches longer and 0.6 inches wider than its precursor. It will get a frontal remodeling that distinguishes it from non-plug-in counterparts, with its fascia receiving intensive folds. There will be svelte LED-headlamp rooms bracing a blacked-out facility area, which further differentiates this model from the regular Prius that has abridged fish lip.
This model will use 15-inch alloy wheels. An all-new wraparound LED tail lamp design is another useful element splitting this plug-in from its siblings. This Prius Prime utilizes a lightweight aluminum hood, carbon-fiber lift gate and a lot of high-strength steel to maintain weight down and improve its overall performance. Like the redesigned 2016 Prius, the upcoming Prime utilizes automated grille shutters to aid in wind resistant performance.
Inside the cabin, the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime showcases distinct styling that creates a sense of oomph. Its cabin seats up to four adults in comfort and has an 11.6-inch tablet-like center display. Standard tech features likely remain untouched. Hence, the latest Toyota Prius Prime conveys such things as heated mirrors, six-speaker audio system, navigation, and much more.
The material aspect of the revamped Toyota Prius Prime is matched with a host of safety and infomercial equipment. These consist of Toyota’s Safety and Security Feeling P collection that includes pre-collision warning with pedestrian acknowledgment in addition to lane-keeping, automated stopping, automated high-beams, and vibrant cruise ship control.
Surprisingly, the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is not available as standard with blind-spot tracking and back cross-traffic alert. They are not available as conventional tools, albeit these features are included as choices in some trims.
Engine and Battery Pack of the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime
As per our unfailing insiders, the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime mounts a 1.8-liter internal combustion four-cylinder unit under the hood. The supposed engine will get reinforced with the 8.8-kWh plug-in lithium-ion battery pack. The entire package sends a net 121 horsepower to the front axle. It is capable of propelling the Toyota Prius Prime to 60 miles per hour in just under 10.5 seconds.
Its fuel economy in the city/highway driving is 55/53 mpg, and for electricity combined 133 MPGe. Also, the new model is compatible to provide the mileage of 25 on electric- driving.
Rumored Price, Release Date and Competitions
We’ve had numerous reports indicating that the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime starts at $27,965, with higher Prime trims going for $34,000. The refurbished Prius Prime is set to grace the dealerships late this autumn.
As soon as the latest 2018 Toyota Prius Prime touches the showrooms, it takes on the likes of Hyundai Joniq, Chevrolet Volt, Kia Niro, and the Ford C-Max.