NYIAS: Toyota equips new Prius Prime with huge Entune screen
Issue Date: 2016-04-14

The centrally mounted gauge panel on the new Toyota Prius Prime at the New York International Auto Show appears to float above the dashboard. The panel features dual 4.2-inch full-color TFT (thin film transistor) multi-information displays, and the driver can change their content by using steering wheel controls.

The display provides a multitude of readouts for hybrid energy information and more, and the driver can choose how much information to view. Want to cut the cord? With available wireless cell phone charging for Qi-compatible devices, just place your Qi-compatible devices on the console pad to charge it wirelessly.

Multimedia Mogul

Sound and vision inside the Prius Prime likewise meet the standard of "prime." Toyota equipped this top Prius with its top Entune multimedia system and made it all accessible through a new and exclusive 11.6-inch HD tablet display. The navigation graphics look simply stunning, and intuitive touch controls make operation a snap.

Prius Prime will also offer an exclusive suite of Prius Prime Apps, allowing you to remotely manage your vehicle's charging schedule and status, locate charging stations, track and compare your eco driving score with others on social media, remotely control the vehicle's climate system, and more – all from your smartphone. It's advanced eco at your fingertips.

An available Entune Premium JBL Audio system with Integrated Navigation and App Suite puts 10 JBL GreenEdge speakers in six locations for sonic bliss. The Entune Multimedia Bundle includes AM/FM cache radio (letting you pause songs and play later), HD Radio, HD Radio predictive traffic and Doppler weather overlay, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month complimentary SiriusXM All Access trial and Gracenote album cover art.

Of course there's a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control, plus advanced voice recognition and hands-free phone capability, phonebook access and music streaming via Bluetooth. For iPhone users, Siri Eyes Free mode adds yet another in-car assistant.

The Entune App Suite adds yet more music sources, including Slacker Radio, iHeartRadio and Pandora as well as Destination Search, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Facebook Places, Yelp plus real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Access to Entune services is subscription-free.

Built-in Parking Valet

In the urban jungle, where hunting for a prime parking space is a sport, the Prius Prime wins. Available Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA) uses ultrasonic wave sensors to size up a parallel parking space and then, when activated by the driver, can steer the car into it. The system can also reverse the Prius Prime into perpendicular spaces and automatically steer it out of a parallel space.

When the way forward gets narrow, such as in a parking garage, the system's Intelligent Clearance Sonar provides visible and audible warnings if the driver gets too close to obstacles on the vehicle's sides.