Rumor: Lexus to build a small hybrid based on Toyota Prius C

Article by Christian A., on August 1, 2012

Consumer Reports may have criticized the Toyota Prius C but it can’t be denied that it has the best fuel economy average in the Toyota lineup. It’s rumored that Lexus will create a small hybrid based on the diminutive car. Paultan, an automotive news publication from Malaysia, said that the little Lexus would feature the same 1.5 liter Synergy Drive, the hybrid drivetrain in the Prius C.

The Malaysian news source refers to this car as the AS150. Notably, the letter “h” is used in all of the Lexus hybrids. This car would be positioned under the CT200h which is based on the Prius.

Toyota has experienced failures with badge-engineered hybrids before such as the HS250h, which has been discontinued. In addition, the AS150t will be using a 1.2 liter, direct-injection turbo engine. There’s no confirmation yet but there’s high potential, considering the success of the CT200h and the increasing sales of the Lexus in Europe.

The Prius c’s exterior projects an enjoyable, young attitude for this new addition to the Prius line, while extending excellent aerodynamics. Wide-ranging aerodynamic qualities were brought into the Prius c to achieve a 0.28 drag coefficient. Adding appeal to this subcompact, the lower-body design of the Prius c is widened under the beltline, highlighting sculptured rear flares to express a strong, sporty stance that conveys an agile drive experience.

The available Prius c exterior colours are vibrant shades that are singular and emotional. The colours available for the Prius c also include three additional colours: Habanero, Moonglow, and Summer Rain Metallic. This was added to Blue Streak Metallic, Absolutely Red, Black Sand Pearl, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, and Super White.

Prius c’s interior seeks to make a space that is revolutionary while still being passenger friendly. Black colouring is seen on the basic interior, the door trims, and seats, while the instrument panel boasts lighter colour treatments for contrast.

Display Audio and Connectivity with Entune

2012 Prius c will come with three audio system arrangements. The basic audio system includes four or six speakers (based on model selection), as well as an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback ability, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, iPod connectivity, hands-free ability, phone book access, and music streaming through Bluetooth.

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