Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots
  • Toyota Prius C: Spy Shots

Toyota Prius C spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

In addition to the larger 2012 Prius V (which we recently put through its paces for the first time), Toyota is working on a smaller version of its illustrious hybrid, previewed by the Prius C Concept from this year's Detroit Auto Show. Our trusty spy photographers have just spotted the first Prius C prototypes running about, and while the original concept was a decidedly sporty-looking thing, the production model's design seems to have been softened a bit.

Because the Prius C is so much shorter than the standard Prius hatch – about 20 inches has been chopped from its overall length – our spies believe that these prototypes ride on either a brand-new chassis or on modified Yaris underpinnings. Under the skin, we expect the Prius C to use a 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain, or perhaps a version of the 1.8-liter unit found in the larger Prius.

Regardless, Toyota has long said that the Prius C will be the most efficient non-plug-in hybrid on the market when it launches next year, with prices expected to fall around the $20,000 mark. Get ready, Honda Insight and CR-Z. This one's coming right for you.


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      diabloz530
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, that sucks. The Prius C was a car that really caught my eye at the NYIAS. This is certainly not that car.
        graphikzking
        • 4 Years Ago
        @diabloz530
        I was hoping after Nissan brought our the Juke that Toyota would have some balls and push the design envelope. I wonder how the concept guys feel when they create a great looking quirky concept, only to have corporate change it into a boring thing like this??? I'd be embarassed to say "I designed the concept for that". The RX7/Miata/Viper designer should be hired to make something sexy! I'd love a 160hp / 2400lb hybrid that got 55mpg. That would mean it would be quicker than a 2002 Civic Si with double the gas mileage. This is probably going to come in closer to 110hp / 2825lbs and 55mpg.
      GO MUSTANG
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why cant this be a 3 door rather than 5?
      William
      • 4 Years Ago
      65 mpg sounds good
      Synthono
      • 4 Years Ago
      We sure this is the Prius C, rather than some kind of new Matrix variant, for example? I say that only because it seems to be missing a lot of the cues used on the Prius C concept, such as the extremely high mounted headlights, and it shares more cues with the mainstream Toyota line than the Prius line.
      throwback
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be a shame if the production model does not look as good as the concept. Especially if they can get a 60mpg number on the sticker.
      Jay
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yaaawwn.
        DC
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jay
        I bet Honda and the rest of the boys aren't yawning at this thing. How many thousands a year with they sell?
          DC
          • 4 Years Ago
          @DC
          Oops..."will" they sell. Also, seeing as this car will be even lighter than the Prius, expect phenomenal MPG. Appliances rule the segment, and Honda specifically does not need this thing around.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      tantareanujellob
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another nail in the coffin of the TDI
      NightFlight
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even with the camo, this looks NOTTTHHHIIING like the concept that we saw. Get ready for a disappointment.
      Kiiks
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least they're honest. Why would you make it look sporty if the driving experience is going to be a semi-electric snoozefest, Honda!? I'm sure the need for Prius brand identity and aerodynamics played a role in the final design also.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Prestige
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a better looking version of the Golf GTI. It looks a million times better than the current Prius.
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