Prepare to say goodbye to the Toyota Prius C because the hybrid hatchback is approaching retirement. If buyers want an electrified daily driver, then the bigger, more fuel-efficient than 2020 Corolla Hybrid (gallery below) arrives to assume this role in the Toyota model.
"You probably will not see the Prius C for long," Ed Laukes, vice president of the Toyota Marketing Group, told Motor1.com while driving for the new Corolla. "Prius C has served well on its goal."
Presented in the United States for 2012, Prius C has expanded Toyota's range by offering buyers a smaller, cheaper hybrid model than the larger Prius. The power comes from the 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine and an electric motor with a total power output of 99 horsepower (74kW). Minor refresh of the 2015 model changes the front end and adds LED lights. Another slight update for 2017 re-shaped the vehicle's face and made standard Sense-C safety equipment.
The new Corolla Hybrid is available in the spring of 2019 and shares drive with the current Prius. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder and two power-generators have a total output of 121 hp. (90 kW). The nickel-metal hydride battery is under the rear seat and does not affect the cab or cargo space. Intelligent differential directs power to left and right wheels at low power load but acts as an open differential at higher loads. It receives 53 miles per gallon city and 52 MPG highway combined 52 MPG rating. By comparison, the 2019 Prius C receives 48 miles per gallon, 43 miles per gallon and 46 miles per gallon together.
Details of the Corolla Hybrid for 2020 are not yet available, but expect the information to come closer to its launch.