After announcing three concept cars which will be presented at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has finally put some light on one of the most expected models from the automaker, the Aqua, which will debut at the same Japanese event, which will eventually hit the United States auto market as the Toyota Prius C, but before it will go over-seas, the new model will go on sale in Japan in late December, 2011.
“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.
The new Toyota Aqua or Prius C is powered by a lightweight hybrid system made out of a 1.5 liter DOHC four-cylinder, 16v engine and an electric motor, but there’s no word yet on the performance figures, fuel consumption or upgrade levels.
The Toyota Prius C will enter the Prius family along with the “classic” Prius, the Prius V and the Prius Plug-in, and the vehicle is expected to go on sale in Japan in late December, 2011. The new Prius V will make its official debut on the North American market in 2012, at the Detroit Motor Show.