Toyota always knew what people want and they certainly knew everything when it comes to hybrid cars. For the past 2-3 years,Toyota was tipping off their employees in designing a car that could conquer minds and would threaten both EVs and conventional gasoline cars. The outcome was the Aqua, a small successor to their revolutionary Prius, which has already proved to be one of the most popular commercial cars all over the world. Toyota has unveiled their new gasoline-electric compact hybrid vehicle, Aqua in Japan, which as expected has over 60,000 bookings now.
The Aqua is the home version of Prius C in theUSand powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 72 horsepower and an electric motor rated at 45 kW as well as fed by additional power from a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack.
The engine provides a combined output of 98 hp providing 0-60 acceleration in less than 10.7 seconds. The vehicle will be equipped with Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with reduction gear, which offers fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/l in the JC08 test cycle and 40.0 km/l in the MLIT 10-15 test cycle.
Aqua comes with a cooled Exhaust-Gas Recirculation (EGR) system which improves efficiency in the high-expansion-ratio Atkinson cycle engine. The hybrid transaxle, which includes the power control unit, the power-generation motor and drive motor, has also been designed to be small and light.
Toyotasaid that the vehicle will be available inJapanin three grades: L, S and G with the hybrid vehicle costing about $21,669.