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 2:16:27 PM
We can't really use that math to determine what the US fuel economy will be since different countries use different tests.
While this car is smaller and lighter, it could be less aerodynamic which would really hurt it on the highway fuel economy tests.
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