The Toyota Aqua is a hybrid subcompact hatchback produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. Launched in December 2011, this is the hatchback variant of the Toyota Prius and therefore is also called Toyota Prius c in global markets. This car is built on the Toyota Yaris platform and combines the features of Yaris with those of Prius. Although it has been around for a few years, the Toyota Aqua hybrid is regarded as the most successful nameplate in Japan. Moreover, it is the second bestselling Toyota hybrid across the world after the Prius. Its low operating cost and environmental impact have led Pakistani dealers to import and provide this vehicle in local markets. Even though not officially available, the Toyota Aqua hybrid is rapidly becoming a popular city car for crowded cities.
Reasons to Buy Toyota Aqua in Pakistan
Toyota Aqua Specifications and Performance
The Toyota Aqua car is a gasoline-electric hybrid with a single definite power unit, which is based on Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. Under the hood of this vehicle, you will find a 1.5 liter DOHC Toyota NZ four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. This engine is coupled to an electric motor and a 0.9 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery. This apparatus collectively produces 99 horsepower and 111 Nm of torque using continuously variable-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive system.
Moreover, the drivetrain features MacPherson strut independent front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension with stabilizer bar. The Toyota Aqua fuel consumption is rated at 37km/l according to JC008 test cycle. However, the EPA gives the Prius C 21.7 km/l rating.
Toyota Aqua Interior and Exterior Styling
The Toyota Aqua hybrid gets a fresh new sense of style with standard single LED projector low and high beam headlights, along with the optionally available LED fog lights. Moreover, an aggressively styled front grille and a reshaped front bumper give an excellent first impression. At the rear, it features an all-new pair of taillights with LED accents and muscular bumper that show the magnificence of this car. Other exterior facilities include power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, 15-inch steel wheels, shark-fin antenna, rear spoiler, and intermittent wiper.
You can enjoy a perfect road trip with the new Toyota Aqua hybrid car, equipped with a beautiful and attractive two-tone interior color. The fabric-trimmed 4-way adjustable driver and front passengers seats and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats ensure high comfort for the commuters. Other interior features comprise of front seat map lights, glove compartment, power windows and digital instrumentation with speedometer, shift-position indicator, fuel gauge and EV/ECO mode indicators.
Competitive Techs and Features
The most exciting high-tech feature of the Aqua is Entune™ Audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen multimedia display, AM/FM/CD player, four speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB and iPod connectivity and control, and voice recognition. Also, smartphone integration allows phonebook access, music streaming, and hands-free calling via Bluetooth® wireless technology.
The safety and convenience features of Aqua include engine immobilizer, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS), Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). The hatchback also boasts Star Safety System™ that integrates smart safety technologies like Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Antilock Brake System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology.
Toyota Aqua Price in Pakistan
Finding Toyota Aqua for sale in Lahore and other cities of Pakistan is not that hard as private dealers import it regularly along with Prius. The price of this car in Pakistan ranges between PKR 1,900,000 and PKR 2,700,000 (for 2013 to 2018 model year).
The main competitor of Aqua/Prius c in Pakistan and around the world is Honda Fit. However, Prius and Aqua are more reliable vehicles for their proven hybrid technology.