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Trevor Collett | Oct, 10 2014 | 5 Comments

Toyota’s hybrid Prius family is due for an update in the 2015 model year, and the first refreshed model has been unveiled this week.

The family-friendly Prius V wagon receives a mild interior update for 2015, but rear and side profile exterior styling remains largely unchanged.

Most of the exterior changes can be seen at the front, where styling has been revised to bring the Prius V into line with the current Corolla and 2015 Yaris.

The bumper has been revised, the Toyota badge has moved forward and the wagon now gets LED headlights.

At the rear, changes have been limited to new tail lamps and a revised number plate aperture, while two new paint finishes are now available in overseas markets (Attitude Black and Dark Sherry).

A seven-seat layout is still available, while interior features also include a new “dark silver metallic finish” for some of the controls and door handles, along with the deletion of one of the outgoing model’s three centre air vents (now two larger vents).

Toyota’s ‘Touch 2’ infotainment system is now included - at least in overseas markets - which displays satellite navigation, audio controls, images from the reversing camera and more.

In the ‘non-visual’ department, Toyota has revised the Prius V’s suspension for improved ride and handling, while also reducing interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

The current power plant will remain, with a 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol engine matched with an electric motor driving the front wheels, but the system is now Euro VI compliant.

Whether the cleaner, greener hybrid power plant will also bring a drop in fuel usage or not is unclear, as Toyota is yet to reveal full specifications.

Beyond the 2015 Prius range, reports predict the all-new 2016 Prius will feature revolutionary design and technology, while a separate report suggests the entire project has been delayed.

Expect the 2015 Toyota Prius V to arrive in Australia midway through next year, with pricing and local specs to be revealed closer to launch.

In Australia, the Prius V - which is listed, oddly, as a small car - has managed just 540 sales year-to-date, compared to 749 for the same period in 2013.

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