Toyota Prius c gets 2018 refresh

Prius c gets fresh looks for 2018

Here’s a little-known fact, and one you may not believe – the Toyota Prius c consistently outsells its much lauded bigger brother – the Toyota Prius.

In fact, so far this year, more than twice as many Prius c cars have been delivered to Aussie car buyers than the ‘original’ Toyota hybrid.

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Now Toyota is hoping to increase the hybrid hatchbacks popularity even more with a fairly extensive refresh for 2018.

Announced this afternoon by Toyota Australia, the update includes:

  • Upgraded sat-nav with SUNA live-traffic information
  • Toyota Link connectivity
  • Larger driver info screen (now 4.2”, up from 3.5”)
  • Entry-level model gets same premium steering wheel as i-Tech version
  • Redesigned centre console and climate controls
  • New front and rear bumpers
  • New grille, front fenders and headlights
  • Updated rear LED taillights
  • New 15” alloy wheels (i-Tech)
  • Two new paint colours - Hornet Yellow and Aquamarine (as seen in the pics)

But the changes aren’t all cosmetic/interior related – Toyota has also stiffened the vehicles body shell for better handling and stability, and a temporary spare wheel replaces the full-size spare.

The changes bring a $590 price increase on the entry model, the high-grade i-Tech price is lifted by just $30.

Toyota sales and marketing boss, Tony Cramb, tells us the upgrades make the Prius c just that little bit better.

“Prius c excels with its remarkable fuel economy and resultant low environmental impact,”

“Equally, Prius c owners appreciate their car for being a practical and roomy five-door hatch that offers zippy city-car motoring at a price that no other hybrid can match.”

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