Tokyo: Toyota Aqua Hybrid revealed image

After releasing some official details about it ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese based automaker Toyota has finally released its “smaller Prius”, the Aqua model.

The manufacturer says that the Toyota Aqua is the JDM name for the Toyota Prius C, being essentially a compact hatchback with the company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system, measuring less than four meters long with a wheelbase of 2.550 mm, the same as a Toyota Vios. The new Toyota Aqua takes its power not from the 1.8 liter engine but from a 1.5 liter DOHC, four-cylinder, 16v unit and an electric motor, claiming a fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/L, under the JC08 test cycle and 40.0 km/L under the MLIT 10-15 test cycle.

“As with other Prius models, Prius C combines its revolutionary Hybrid Sinergy Drive with excellent aerodynamics to achieve outstanding fuel efficiency. The Prius C is unique in the Prius Family with a more youthful expression and a sportier dynamic character that offers a more fun-to-drive experience. The vehicle’s five-door format and flexible packaging will adapt to a broad range of owners’ needs”, as the automaker says in its official statement.

According to the Japanese based automaker, the new Toyota Aqua will eventually enter the United States auto market as the Toyota Prius C. The model is expected to go on sale in Japan in late December, 2011. There’s no official word yet on the Aqua arriving in Europe.