Makes Manner For Bigger, Extra Frugal Corolla Hybrid
Put together to say goodbye to Toyota’s smallest and most cost-effective hybrid, the Prius C. It’s being pushed apart to make means for the Corolla Hybrid, which is bigger and presents higher gas financial system.
Launched in the USA for the 2012 mannequin 12 months, the Prius C expanded the Toyota vary by providing consumers a smaller, cheaper hybrid mannequin than the bigger Prius. Energy got here from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine working on the Atkinson cycle and an electrical motor with a complete mixed output of 99 horsepower. A minor refresh for the 2015 mannequin tweaked the entrance finish and added LED excessive beams. One other gentle replace for 2017 modified the automobile’s face once more and made the Security Sense-C security suite commonplace tools.
Toyota has been regularly getting ready for the hatchback’s departure. US supplier inventory has now dwindled to round 700 items complete in current months. That makes it simpler for sellers to soak up the Corolla Hybrid, which works on sale within the spring alongside the usual sedan fashions.
The Corolla Hybrid is rated at 53 mpg metropolis/52 freeway/52 mixed, whereas the Prius C returns 48 mpg metropolis/43 freeway/46 mixed. Moreover, the Corolla Hybrid, utilizing the identical powertrain because the Prius, places out 121 hp in comparison with the Prius C’s 99.
Toyota has but to announce pricing for the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, however it’s going to doubtless be priced equally to the Prius C, which begins at simply over $21,000. If that’s the case, one in all its opponents would be the Toyota Prius, which has been drooping in gross sales the previous three years.
Not the First Prius To Get Axed
Rememder the Prius V? No disrespect to Prius V homeowners, however with its awkward trying, boxy backide, this Prius is straightforward to neglect. After arriving for the 2012 mannequin 12 months, the lengthened hybrid, which boasted 50 p.c extra inside quantity than its Prius liftback sibling, disappeared from the U.S. after 2017.
The Prius V arrived as a type of giant five-door variant of the favored third-generation Prius. Certainly, the mannequin was bigger in all dimensions. The V supplied extra legroom and headroom, particularly within the rear, and supplied 34.three cubic toes of rear cargo space. That meant a 10-cubic-foot acquire over an entry-level Prius.
The downfall of the wagon-ish Prius V got here as the recognition of compact crossovers soared, and America’s hottest hybrid crossover simply occurred to be the RAV4 Hybrid. Regardless of travelling practically 10 fewer miles per gallon on the mixed cycle, the RAV4 hybrid had three issues even inexperienced automobile consumers couldn’t resist: a taller trip peak, all-wheel drive and a brawnier look.
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