Toyota AquaTue, 15 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Lining up alongside Toyota's trio of concepts in Tokyo will be the Aqua, or Prius C as it will be known in some markets.
The B-segment Aqua forms the smallest member of the Prius family and shares a little its relations' DNA. Its silhouette apes that of the larger Prius as far as its B-pillar, with a smooth transition from hood to screen, but continues to a more conventional, high tailgate to optimize cabin space. A large rear spoiler aids aerodynamic efficiency. Its DLO also apes that of its siblings, with a small kick at the base of the A-pillar and a larger flick into the C-pillar. Prius-ness can also be seen in its detailing, the DRG sporting similar vertical fog lamps either side of the low-set trapezoidal grille. The rocker highlight, which flows up to form the rear fender is also a nod toward the Prius V MPV.
Inside, the Aqua features an IP that separates the cabin into driver and passenger zones, while its digital gauge pack sits on top of the IP.
The Aqua is scheduled for a domestic launch late 2011, before going on sale globally next year.