On July 19th, Toyota launched its 2nd Generation of Aqua or otherwise known as Prius C, in the Japanese market. The first generation was a huge success worldwide as it sold over 1.87 million units although it picked up slowly in its early years of inception. Even a few months ago, rumors of discontinuation of Aqua were making rounds but we are glad that’s not happening.
The first generation was launched back in 2011 in Japan but never launched officially in the Pakistani market. It has been imported to Pakistan under the CBU category. This is a huge disadvantage for Pakistani buyers even though it has huge popularity in the country. Anyways, no matter which city you go to, you’ll find Aqua 1st Gen to be a hot item as a used car for sale in Pakistan.
We’ve talked to a lot of car enthusiasts in Pakistan and observed that people are eagerly waiting for Aqua’s 2nd Gen. So it’s only a matter of time before Pakistan’s car market, as well as its roads, are flooded with the new Aqua. This is why we want to review the car so that our readers know before anyone else and they can decide if they want it or not.
So What is new about the latest Aqua?
Surprisingly, not much has been changed with the design or dimension, although it looks quite futuristic. It comes in nine unique and graceful colors, including the clear beige which is expected to impress consumers the most. Its metallic skin is already a beauty and elegance in every nut and bolt. This is probably why Toyota has called it “The compact car for the next 10 years.”
While that sounds assuring to anyone who’s thinking about getting their hand on one of these, it also means we are stuck with this design for the whole upcoming decade. Nonetheless, the Toyota Aqua is the supermini hatchback version of the Toyota Prius and that’s also why it’s called Prius-C.
Besides the exterior, a lot has been changed in Toyota Aqua’s 2nd generation. From the innovative battery to the addition of a comfort pad and safety feature, the Aqua is almost a new car.
Let’s start with Aqua’s most amazing benefit. It boasts an average fuel economy of a whopping 35.8 km/L. That’s way more than what you can achieve with other cars at this price point. The new Aqua has been able to achieve this due to the incorporation of the bipolar nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack.
Previously, Aqua came with a nickel-hydrogen battery pack that had a smaller active surface area. The greater the surface area, the less the resistance and the more current flow. This greater current flow the quicker the engine will respond to the accelerator and hence better acceleration is achieved.
In short, the new battery pack achieves 1.5 times the output of the previous battery pack while taking the same space. In other words, the new Aqua will be able to achieve 20% more efficiency than its previous generation.
If you think this low-cost consumption comes at the cost of engine power, think again. The Toyota Aqua hosts a 1.5-liter hybrid engine generating a horsepower of 91 and a torque of 120 Nm. The 2nd Gen Aqua is equipped with Toyota’s e-CVT gearbox. It comes in 4 grades and two drivetrain’s namely; FWD and E-four AWD.
With the growing eco-consciousness of consumers and governments, the automobile industry is pushing for better fuel efficiency and more electric dependence. In other words, gradually transitioning from fuel dependency to Electric Vehicles.
Toyota is also acting in line with this trend. This is also why Toyota has come up with a new tagline, “introducing sustainable vehicles practically to the market". Toyota boasts of saving more than 12.4 million tons of CO2 with its Aqua.
Advanced Parking support
Another feature that has been added to Aqua’s 2nd Gen, is the Teammate Advanced Park and Parking Support Brake. As the name suggests, these two features help the driver park safely by impacting everything from the brakes, accelerator, steering wheel, and even the gear shifting.
Emergency power supply mode
One more cool feature for car lovers to enjoy is the emergency power supply mode. Whether you are on a camping trip or there’s a power outage in your neighborhood, you can plug in your voltage demanding appliances in your Aqua. Now you can make tea or coffee with your car’s power.
Finally how much would the Aqua 2nd gen cost in Pakistan?
Lastly, the new Toyota Aqua’s base trim launched at 1,980,000 yen while the high-end trim launched at 2,598,000 yen. After the shipment fee and custom clearance, it’s expected that it would sell in the Pakistani market anywhere from Rs 3.5 million to 4.5 Rs million. This makes it quite an expensive car for the hatchback category of the Pakistani market.
If Indus Motors Pakistan can convince Toyota to start assembling in Pakistan for the local market, they will be able to take advantage of Govt’s highly favorable policies. The major one being 1% GST for Electric Vehicles which is nothing compared to 17% for regular vehicles. If this step is taken, Pakistani consumers will be able to enjoy more of Aqua’s 2nd gen.