Toyota Prius C Hybrid Leaks Way Ahead of Schedule
October 18, 2011 12:05 AM
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Production Toyota Prius C
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
. 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
(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.
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RE: 16% better fuel economy
10/18/2011 8:34:00 AM
It's still a 16% improvement on the Japanese course, not the EPA course.
The fact that both vehicles rate 80+ mpg on the Japanese course indicates low speed driving without stops. That's where it's seeing a 16% improvement. The EPA course emphasizes higher speed and stop-and-go more.
At high speeds, aerodynamics matter more than weight and rolling resistance. In stop-and-go traffic, the efficiency of the regenerative braking matters more. So a 16% improvement on the Japanese course cannot be used as a reliable prediction of improvement to EPA mileage.
RE: 16% better fuel economy
10/18/2011 11:11:57 AM
thank you...I was thinking the same thing
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