The Toyota Prius C may soon go into retirement. According to Motor1, the compact hybrid hatchback will be replaced by the larger and more fuel efficient Corolla Hybrid. Group vice president of Toyota Marketing, Ed Laukes told the publication: “You’re probably not going to see Prius C for long. The Prius C has served its purpose well.”

Production of the Prius C (also known as the Toyota Aqua in Japan) first started in late 2011, and it was specifically positioned to be a smaller, less expensive hybrid car to the larger Prius. Motive power comes from the 1NZ-FXE 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle mill, making 74 PS and 111 Nm.

The engine works alongside an electric motor/Ni-Mh battery combination offering 61 PS and 169 Nm, with combined maximum output being 100 PS. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 10.7 seconds and a 35.4 km per litre consumption, under the JC08 test cycle.

In the US, sales of the new Corolla Hybrid will begin next month. It’s powered by an updated Hybrid Synergy Drive system lifted from the refreshed Prius. The setup pairs a 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with an e-CVT and two electric motors. There’s also a preload differential that sends torque between the left and right wheels at low speed, and behaves as an open differential at higher engine loads.

The total combined output is 121 hp, and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 5.6 litres per 100 km (EPA standards). The electric motors are powered by a new nickel-metal hydride battery that features the carmaker’s Hyper-Prime Nickel technology, allowing for better battery performance within a smaller and lighter package. This allows the battery to be placed under the rear seats rather than taking up boot space, allowing the 60:40 split-folding rear seats to be retained and allows for a lower centre of gravity.

Equipment-wise, the Corolla Hybrid comes with an Entune 3.0 infotainment system and eight-inch touchscreen as standard, along with eight airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System. All 2020 Corolla models are equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes PCS (Pre-Collision System), Full-Speed DRCC (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control), LDA (Lane Departure Alert) w/ Steer Assist, LTA (Lane Tracing Assist), AHB (Automatic High Beam) and RSA (Road Sign Assist).

GALLERY: 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid