Toyota Aqua aka Prius C is Expected in the U.S. image

A month has passed since Toyota Motor Corp released Aqua hybrids in Japan. The company declared that 120,000 more such subcompact vehicle have been already ordered, 10 times its monthly sales target (that of 12,000 cars).

Toyota Aqua, which will be called Prius C in the US, will hit the States as a 2013 model. In Japan the car is available for about $21,793, and it racked up 83mpg on the JC08 test cycle and 94mpg on the official 10-15 test cycle. The 1.5L 4-cylinder engine can offer 72hp, while the 45kw electric motor adds 98hp. The car can accelerate from 0-60 in 10.7 seconds.

There will be three versions available: L, S and G, with the high-end version available for $23,756. For those of you who prefer a sportier version, there will be the TRD, with lowered suspension, a body kit and larger wheels. The Prius C was presented as being “much smaller than the normal Prius and is aimed at younger buyers without families who don’t need lots of space” (press release).

The production Prius C has already been presented in the U.S. in January 2012 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is expected to be released in the States in March this year.