An early preview of the Prius C was leaked this week by a Japanese car fan who scanned pages from a domestic brochure and sent them to an online magazine.
While not surprising, it is less flashy than the concept shown earlier this year, and the U.S. is expecting to see its own production version early next year.
We don’t know what changes might be made between the Japanese market version and North American (aside from the obvious switch to left side drive).
As it is, the production car in Japan is said to be motivated by a smaller hybrid powertrain. Specifically, it uses a 1.5-liter gasoline engine putting out 74-horsepower and 111Nm (81.9 lb-ft) of torque (both) delivered at 4,800 rpm. Combined with this is an electric motor producing 61-horsepower and 169Nm (125 lb-ft) torque.
A CVT channels the driving power through the front wheels and combined output (in JDM tune) is 100 horsepower.
The Prius C is slated to be the value leader of the Prius family, and is thus dimensionally smaller than a regular Prius.
It measures 157.3 inches (3,995mm) long, 66.7 inches (1,695 mm) wide, and 56.9 inches (1,445mm) tall. Wheelbase is 100.4 inches (2,550mm). This is a squeak larger than a Toyota Yaris.
Fuel economy – on the Japanese cycle which typically reads significantly higher than the U.S. cycle – equates to 83.3 mpg or 2.8 liters/100km on the JC08 cycle. On the 10.15 mode driving cycle it’s 94 mpg or 2.5liters/100 km.
Again, factor down when gauging what this will equate to for a U.S. version. The regular Prius gets a combined 89.4 mpg compared to 50 mpg when federally rated.
The Japanese car as pictured is to premier in December at the Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota reportedly will reveal the car in the U.S. in Detroit in January 2012.