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by Brett Davis

Images of the production version of the Toyota Prius c have been leaked in a Japanese brochure. The new compact urban MPV-style Prius in production trim looks vastly different to the concept we saw at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in July.

The nose of the production Toyota Prius c takes on a revised design language compared with the current Toyota Prius theme. It showcases a new, more rounded front end with a curvy front bumper, vertical corner spotlight clusters and an all-new headlight design.

On the Toyota Prius c Concept, the headlights were placed up near the base of the windscreen, while the front end was sharper and much more futuristic – as you’d expect from a concept. The production version also appears skinnier than the concept, especially at the back, hinting an almost Toyota Echo-style design.

According to the brochure, the Toyota Prius c hybrid features a 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 54kW of power and 111Nm of torque, linked to an electric motor producing 45kW of power and 169Nm of torque. Overall combined power is rated at 73kW.

Toyota also says in the brochure that fuel consumption is rated at 2.8L/100km, however, fuel ratings are calculated differently to the Australian Design Rules’ standards, so this will not convert over directly for our market.

The Toyota Prius c will make its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in December. It will be sold in Japan and the US intially, while Toyota Australia has confirmed the Prius c will be headed Down Under in the first quarter of 2012.




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