Toyota Aqua Aka The Prius C Gets A Facelift And A New Crossover Variant

Crossovers are all the rage and a handful of companies have been giving their sedans and hatchbacks ruggedized styling to broaden their appeal. The latest company to do this is Toyota which has taken the wraps off the new Aqua that is known elsewhere as the Prius C.

Modestly revised, the Aqua has been equipped with a new front bumper, restyled headlights, and a modified hood. The hatchback also has updated fenders and new taillights.

More importantly, the company has introduced a new crossover variant which is distinguished by a revised grille, plastic body cladding, and unique 16-inch aluminum wheels. The model also has roof rails, a faux skid plate, and revised air intakes.

The interior largely carries over but there’s a newly standard TFT multi-information display in the instrument cluster. Buyers will also find updated upholstery combinations including new synthetic white leather.

Power is provided by a hybridized 1.5-liter engine that produces a combined output of 100 PS (73 kW). Thanks to several tweaks to the engine and hybrid control system, the model now has a fuel economy rating of 38.0 km / L. The crossover is slightly less economical as it is rated at 34.4 km / L.

The Aqua is currently available in Japan and pricing starts at ¥1,785,240. The crossover variant will arrive next month and cost ¥2,062,800. No word yet if it will be offered in other markets around the world.

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  • Just another Supra fan

    It looks suicidal.

    • The Watcher

      Really? Pre-facelift was suicidal, this looks like a decent upgrade except it still have wonky taillight.

    • Michelin

      Fully agree. Nightmare !!!!

  • Comp1

    I know 3 people who bought one of these Prius C’s against my advice and ended up selling within in a year. Below barebonz transportation.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I don’t usually like to point out similarities in design but that front end just screams Ford Fiesta. The cockpit is interesting though.

    • Santiago Fernández Colareda

      Agree, looks like a Fiesta

  • nik
    • Jp

      Exactly the first thing I thought of.

  • Dennis Scipio

    They should have changed the steering wheel, already.

  • emjayay

    It’s just a facelift, so it’s still on the crap platform it was on before, probably shared with the Yaris or something. The new regular Prius is on a new platform and by all accounts much better than it was before, but this should be the same penalty box as before.

  • Kart_Deco

    It’s looks like the Aygo has been eating too much junk food

    • Michelin

      Mazinga Design!!! Looks like a cartoon car.
      Honda and Lexus have similar design. Ugly!!

  • fabri99

    Why is it BEIGE!?

  • Mark S

    Prius Crosstrek, Laughable.

  • FoxJ30

    I usually have no issues with barebones transportation – I’ve rented a Nissan Versa Note, Kia Forte, Honda Fit, and even a Chevy Spark. Most felt a little slow, but were perfectly serviceable around town and on the highway. All felt pleasant in their own little way.

    Rented one a couple of years ago. Had it for two days, hated it for two days. It was so loud at 60mph, and the stereo so weak, that we couldn’t hear any music. In fact, it was so loud I practically had to shout to my gf in the passenger seat. The car skipped sideways on broken pavement – an experience I’ve never had before, even on other cars with torsion beam suspensions. And the car was beyond slow – I’ve felt slow, this was a whole ‘nuther level. Driving next to a friend in a Subaru Outback, he pulls away from a light (at normal pace), and I had to floor the Prius C just to keep within sight of his taillights.

    Appallingly bad car. Never have I driven in anything close on American roads. Spend the $3k extra on a Prius. Or an Ioniq. Or spend the $100 extra a year on fuel and get yourself a Fit (or any other b-segment car). I don’t know how Toyota isn’t ashamed of this thing.

  • KidRed

    Aqua as in water as in the undrinkable, not fit for human consumption Flint Michigan water? Makes perfect sense.

    • Michelin

      The right italian translation of water is Acqua, not Aqua
      I don’t know If the word Aqua means something in some language …

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