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Toyota Prius c gets 2018 refresh

Prius c gets fresh looks for 2018

2018 Toyota Prius C

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.

Related: Big hybrid milestone looms for Toyota Australia

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.

toyota prius cThe 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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About Simon Lai 1402 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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