2016 Toyota Prius c gets new safety tech, limited-edition model
Toyota has made a host of relatively minor updates to the city-sized Prius c for the 2016 model year.
The sub-compact hybrid is now available with Toyota’s Safety Sense C (TSS-C) technology. Offered as an extra-cost option, TSS-C adds a long list of electronic driving aids including a pre-collision system, automatic high beams and a lane departure warning system. How much the bundle costs hasn’t been revealed yet.
The other big news for 2016 is the addition of a limited-edition model dubbed Persona Series. Built on the Two trim level, the Persona Series is exclusively available in black with either Electric Lime or Cherry Pearl accents on the bottom of the front bumper, below the headlights, on the door mirrors and right above the belt line.
The Persona Series is powered by a Prius c-sourced gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain made up of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor. The two power sources generate a combined output of 99 horsepower and 82 lb-ft. of torque, allowing the Prius c to return up to 53 mpg in the city. Alternatively, the hatchback can drive on electricity alone for about a mile at speeds of up to 25 mph.
Limited to just 1,500 examples, the Toyota Prius c Persona Series will go on sale across the nation in December. Pricing information and availability will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.