The Japanese auto major, Toyota Motor Corporation is sometimes credited to bringing in the first mass market hybrid vehicle, the Prius to the world. The Prius has been a huge hit since its launch globally and Toyota has brought out a new version of the Prius, the Prius C. The Prius C is the new standalone hybrid hatchback model that will be sold under the name of Prius C in the global market and the under the name of Aqua in the Japanese market.
The new Prius C adds to the Toyota Prius line-up which includes the regular Prius, the new plug-in Prius PHEV and the Prius V minivan. The Prius C is a 5 door hatchback which measures 3995mm in length, 1695mm in width and 1445mm in height. The Prius C gets a wheelbase of 2550mm. with these dimensions; the Prius C is marginally bigger than the new Toyota Yaris. The Prius C features a 1.5-litre gasoline engine along with a lightweight hybrid system and high output electric motor.
Toyota is yet to disclose further details about the Prius C but according to a Japanese brochure, the domestic Prius C would be getting the 1.5 litre engine that produces 74 BHP of power at 4800 RPM and 111 Nm of torque at 4800 RPM. It will return a fuel economy figure of 35.4 km/l. Toyota is yet to release the prices of the new model. The Toyota Aqua will first debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show while the Prius C will be showcased at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show.