2012 Prius C will be more accessible, says Toyota

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 16, 2011

Toyota said that pricing for the Prius c will be more accessible. The latest fuel-efficient hybrid will be introduced in the spring of 2012. The Prius c will debut in the U.S. at the 2012 North American International Auto Show this January in Detroit. It’s quite surprising that the Prius c offers a high level of convenience, technology, and capability, from a compact hybrid-electric at a very good price.

The standard features for the 2012 Prius c include Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, steering-wheel audio controls, and nine airbags.

Furthermore, it will feature the Toyota Entune multimedia system, which makes use of the mobile smartphone to have a richer in-vehicle infotainment experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment, and information services.

Users are able to link to apps like Bing, OpenTable.com, and movietickets.com. Consumers also get access to real-time information services, like live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, and sports.

In addition, the Prius c provides voice recognition, music streaming, and email/text to speech capabilities. If music is your thing, you’re going to love that Toyota Entune offers one of the widest selections of music options available to a vehicle such as iheartradio’s 750+ stations and Pandora internet radio’s personalized music.

The driver can also play personal songs from portable media players and iPods (through USB or Bluetooth® audio streaming) or listen to any of the over 170 stations from SiriusXM satellite radio.

Prius c will have four trim options with different equipment, features and capabilities customers could choose from. Toyota Prius c will offer a variety of standard amenities such as the tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio, automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free controls and Multi-Information Display, as well as a remote keyless entry.

Efficiency in packaging

Toyota Prius c has an effective design that puts the important drivetrain parts within the chassis, making the most out of the space inside the car as well as improve handling. It has the transaxle, power-control unit, and compact gasoline engine all located strategically to help distribute the weight of the car while also lowering its center of gravity. The fuel tank and hybrid battery are also located below the back seats, so that the wheelbase can support its mass for better weight distribution. Using this placement, the Prius c gives you 104 cubic feet of interior volume, 87.4 cubic feet of which is for the passenger while 17.1 cu. ft. is reserved for cargo.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive Propulsion

The car’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system brings together a gasoline engine, an electric motor, a nickel-metal hydride battery, an inverter, a step-up converter, a hybrid control computer, and a DC-DC converter. The computer manages the use of the gasoline engine and electric power depending on the chosen drive mode or the driver’s needs.

Toyota Prius c has a SULEV-rated 1.5-L gasoline engine that uses Atkinson cycle to be more efficient. The in-line, four-cylinder engine gives you 73 hp of power as well as 82 lb.-ft. of torque. That helps the car have a total system output of around 99 hp.

The car’s hybrid system also used a 144-volt battery pack found under the back seats close to the car’s center and very low in the chassis to help improve the car’s center of gravity.

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