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Production Toyota Prius C   (Source: CarScoop)
Toyota's Prius C will slot in below the standard Prius

We've all become pretty familiar with the Toyota Prius over the past decade or so. The vehicle is currently in its third generation and still remains the poster child for the hybrid movement. In U.S. trim, the Prius starts around $23,000 and delivers an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 50 mpg.
 
Recently, Toyota expanded the Prius family to include the Prius v and the Prius Plug-in. Now, the fourth member of the Prius family has leaked early in full production trim. The new Prius C is the baby of the family, and is just a few inches longer than the subcompact Toyota Yaris.

According to CarScoop (via leaked brochures), the Prius C is 157.3" long, 66.7" wide, and 56.9" tall. For comparison, the standard Prius measures 175", 68.7", and 58.7" respectively. While the standard Prius gets its motivation from a 98hp 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an 80hp electric motor, the smaller Prius C uses a 74hp 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 61hp electric motor.

Toyota's new Prius C [Source: CarScoop]
 
Give that the Prius C has a smaller engine, and most assuredly lighter weight, the Prius C tops its larger brother in fuel efficiency. Although official U.S. EPA figures aren't available for the vehicle, the Prius C is rated at 89.4 mpg on the Japanese JC08 driving cycle compared to 83.3 mpg for the standard Prius. Those figures should put the Prius C just shy of 60 mpg on the U.S. EPA cycle.
 
The Prius C is expected to make its U.S. debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.


[Source: CarScoop]

Source: CarScoop



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Look at me, I'm prius!
By shiftypy on 10/18/2011 3:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
Reminds me of Kia Cee'd in shape
Upon which someone tried to fit a Lexus LFA front and failed.
Prius is synonym for ugly now




RE: Look at me, I'm prius!
By sleepeeg3 on 10/18/2011 6:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
Now?


RE: Look at me, I'm prius!
By Flunk on 10/18/2011 10:34:16 AM , Rating: 2
I think it looks better than the normal Prius, which is hideous. There are only so many options when you're trying to cheat Wind resistance and this one looks ok. I would buy one if it handles decently and isn't greatly more expensive than a conventional alternative.


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