The hybrid models are getting more and more popular nowadays, so this time we will talk about the Toyota’s well-known hybrid vehicle and it is the new 2020 Toyota Prius C. The new Toyota will be slightly revised for a more modern appearance, and we can expect changes considering more tech features. However, the Prius C will feature the same engine as its predecessor.
Engine and performance of the 2020 Toyota Prius C
Under the hood of the 2020 Toyota Prius C will be placed one engine option. And it is the same engine which powers the current model. This hybrid engine will combine a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor of 45 kWh. The gasoline unit is able to make 73 hp and 82 pound-feet of torque while the electric motor will have the output of 60 horses and 125 lb-ft of torque. So, the total output of this engine will be able to make 99 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a continuously variable transmission and the front-wheel drive system will be standard. Speaking of the fuel economy, it will be rated at 48 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
The exterior and interior design of the 2020 Toyota Prius C
In terms of exterior design, the Prius C features a rounded front end, conventional profile and rear end. The front end is dominated by a small, black grille, large air vents, and sharp headlights. The rear end will get vertical taillights and the roof rails will be standard. The Prius C will ride on the 15-inch eight-spoke machined alloy wheels with dark grey accents. However, the new 2020 Toyota Prius C might be slightly revised with some new styling cues in order to look more modern. However, the changes won’t be very large.
The cabin of the 2020 Toyota Prius C comes with two rows of seats. It looks modern and a bit futuristic. And there is a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system on the center of the dashboard. As for the cargo, with all seats up, the cargo room measures 17.1 cubic feet.
As for the equipment, the Toyota is now offered in L and LE trim levels. So, the base model now includes automatic climate control, USB port, a 6.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, a rearview camera, 60/40 split/fold rear seats, hill-start assistance, 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and cruise control. Furthermore, the LE model will now get an upgraded audio system, satellite radio, keyless entry/ignition, and navigation.
As for the optional equipment, only the LE trim will get some options. So, those will include a sliding sunshade, tilt-and-slide moonroof, and the option of deleting black roof rails. The standard safety equipment will include nine airbags and Toyota Safety Sence-C which offers automatic high beams, lane-departure alert, and automatic emergency braking.
Release date and price
The new 2020 Toyota Prius C should arrive sometime in the second half of next year. The price of the base model will start at around $22,450 while the LE trim will begin at roughly $23,800.