Is this the Toyota Prius c? Car Fan Scans Leaked Brochure, Uploads Images
The autosphere is all charged up over images of what may be the production version of the upcoming Toyota Prius c, the Prii lineup's sporty hatch. The Toyota Prius c concept model made its debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto show and interest continues to be keen on the model. Toyota says it will not only be the entry model to the Prii family (currently composed of the Prius c, standard Prius, Prius Plug-in, and the Prius v family mover) but its sportiest member as well. A car fan, most likely living in Japan, discovered this brochure of the Toyota Prius c, albeit of the Japanese models. From what we can gather, the Japanese production model has a funkier, more youth-oriented design like the Scion lineup or, if you squint just right, the Toyota Yaris. The Prius c is barely larger than the Yaris, too. Exterior photos show the bright color options while Interior shots show different seat materials, designs, and available materials and colors. The steering wheel and center stack design reminds us of the Toyota Sienna's own unique design. Again, we have to emphasize it's unknown how many of these features will cross the Pacific for the U.S. version. This skepticism is especially true with the engine. According to the brochure, the Japanese Prius c is powered by a 1.4-liter inline-4 and electric motor combination generating 100 horsepower. Fuel efficiency, as measured by the Japanese, is translated up to a staggering 94 mpg. For comparison, the standard Prius in Japan gets slightly more than 89 mpg which translates to 50 mpg here in the states. The production version of the U.S. Toyota Prius c is scheduled to debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto show in January and goes on sale sometime in the middle of next year. Automotive.com's take: What do you think of the Toyota Prius c, Japanese-style? We like many of the styling cues and hope they make it over to the U.S. model. Source: Carscoop
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