Less Power, More MPG?Even bigger though are the proposed powertrains for the Prius C. A 1.4 liter engine will provide just 74 horsepower and 82 ft-lbs of torque through a CVT automatic transmission. A seperate electric motor will provide an additional 61 horsepower and 125 ft-lbs of torque, for a combined power rating of around 100 horsepower. On the Japanese fuel economy cycle, this would translate into an 84 mpg rating…though keep in mind that on the same cycle, the standard Prius gets an 89 mpg rating. Here in America on the EPA test cycle the Toyota Prius is only rated at 50 mpg. So expect fuel economy in the upper 40’s when the Prius C does eventually go on sale.
I’ve never hid my contempt for the Prius…but I think a smaller, sportier hybrid, done right, could appeal to a broader range of buyers. A coupe would be nicer, but if Toyota can keep the starting price under $20,000, they could have a winner on their hands.
How about you readers? What do you think of the next member of the Prius family?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.
A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, Chris can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.