|The 2016 Toyota Prius C might be the most compact vehicle in the brand’s eight hybrid variants, but the latest rendition comes equipped with some of the most updated safety features and remarkable fuel consumption ratings.|
Upgraded for the year, the Toyota Prius C has received its due exterior and interior upgrades. Now, the Prius C gets the Persona Series Special Edition tag and is implemented with the Toyota Safety Sense-C system package. On fuel consumption, no other car in the compact segment is even close to its remarkable 4.4 liters/100km (53-MPG) EPA-estimated city fuel economy.
Toyota is giving the Prius C an infusion of playfulness for 2016, with the Persona Series SE. The special edition goes on sale in December and is limited to just 1,500 units. The Persona Series SE comes exclusively in Black, with a choice of two unique color accents that amp up the fun: Electric Lime and Cherry Pearl. The contrast color accents can be found on the lower front grille trim, beneath the headlights and on trim beneath the side windows. At a glance, the Prius C is presented in a lower-body styling, wider below the beltline, and to the rear, it has the sculpted rear flares.
Additionally, the Prius C shines the way with standard single LED projector low- and high-beam headlights and LED rear and brake lights. To round things off, 15-inch black alloy wheels (16-inch wheels option for Prius C Four) and a custom “Persona Series” badge are included.
Moving to the inside, the color accents continue to be applied to the rear-view mirror shell. From the four-numbered grades, the SE Prius is designated no. 2, which translates to extras like fabric-trimmed two-tone seats, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, cruise control, a cargo area cover and engine immobilizer. Fine touches for the Prius C grade 2 and above are the piano black, chrome trimmings and soft-touch materials. Other interior highlights come in the form of; keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, tilt/telescopic steering with controls and remote keyless entry system with illuminated entry. Cabin space has been enhanced somewhat, thanks to re-location of drivetrain components, which ups boot space and legroom and betters weight distribution, as well as offers a lower center of gravity.
The Toyota Prius C continues to be powered by the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with a hybrid battery for a not-too-shabby 73 hp and 111 Nm (82 lb.-ft.) of torque. The previous Drive modes are intact, comprising the Normal, ECO and EV. Under certain conditions, EV mode allows the Prius C to be driven solely by electric power for under 1.6 km (one mile) while remaining below 40 km/h (25 mph).
The Prius C’s Safety Sense-C suite consists of Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Assist and Automatic High Beams. Among the notable inputs for the 2016 Prius C include: nine airbags, lightweight, high-strength steel. a cd of 0,28, ehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop technologies.
The 2016 Toyota Prius C, including the SE version, is set to roll out in December in North America. Colors available for the line-up include Electric Lime Metallic, Sun Fusion, Tangerine Splash Pearl and Sparkling Sea Metallic.