Like a confused teenager, the Toyota Prius C seems to be searching for her identity. Last year, Toyota’s smallest hybrid received a minor update that included the addition of a racy down body kit; this year, the Prius C adopts a look more like an SUV.
Marked by a new front that features redesigned headlights and a redesigned hood, the 2018 Toyota Prius C Cup adds cross-styled features like silver accents to the front and rear fascias that mimic the skid plates and wheel wells black off-road attitude ready. In addition, there is a slightly modified interior that includes a refreshed center console and an updated steering wheel. We expect the car’s features to remain the same with 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, keyless entry, 6.1-inch touch screen in, a backup camera and more. It is only a liftback, but Toyota should continue to offer it in its v wagon and undercompaction formats.
We also expect the new Prius to have the same powertrain since it was redesigned. If true, the 2018 Prius should feature a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a pair of electric motors that combine to produce 121 horsepower. The current Prius shines when it comes to fuel economy, where it’s combined 52 mpg. For those looking for more savings, there is also a plug-in variant called Prius Prime offering up to 22 miles of electric driving.
The 2018 Toyota Prius is expected to go into production in November. We are currently planning a sell date in February 2018.