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.
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.”
Stay up to date with the latest Toyota News at behindthewheel.com.au.