Toyota has given its smallest fuel-sipping hybrid model, the Prius C, a midlife spruce-up featuring new infotainment technology and revised styling as the star attractions.
New equipment includes standard satellite navigation across the two-variant range, plus a new 4.2-inch multi information display in the instrument cluster, replacing the previous 3.5-inch display.
To accommodate the added equipment prices have risen slightly, with the entry-level Prius C kicking off from $24,040 plus on-road costs (a price rise of $590) while the Prius C i-Tech starts from $26,540, up by $30 thanks to having previously featured satellite navigation.
Visual changes extend to a new, more gracefully styled front bumper that extends the nose by 40mm with a wider front intake and chrome highlights on the top-spec i-Tech version.
New headlights, and reprofiled bonnet and front guards round out the changes, backed up by restyled LED taillights and a longer rear spoiler.
Inside, the tiny hybrid now sports a new “deluxe” steering wheel and re-designed centre console and climate control panel with extra soft-touch surfaces, but in the process Toyota has also given a full-size spare tyre the flick in favour of a space-saver temporary tyre.
Under the bonnet, the Prius C’s 54kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 45kW electric motor haven’t been changed resulting in a combined 74kW and 111Nm which is paired to a CVT automatic transmission. Toyota claims a combined fuel use of 3.9L/100km.
Changes have been made to the hatch’s construction with larger, stiffer lower rear panels and additional spot welds resulting in claimed benefits to handling and stability.
Unlike recent changes made to Toyota’s Yaris, the Prius C does not add additional safety tech, meaning advanced safety features like autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning are still unavailable, though both variants feature seven airbags, traction and stability control, ABS brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, and front seatbelt pretensioners as standard.
Prius C - $$24,040
Prius C i-Tech - $26,540
Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs.
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