We didn’t tell you, but yesterday’s launch of the Toyota Prius c was in fact a double launch – the other car being the facelifted and upgraded third-generation Prius. After focusing on the undoubted star of the show, here’s a look at the Prius that paved the way.

There are no mechanical changes, so big bro Prius continues with the Hybrid Synergy Drive system consisting of a 1.8-litre 2ZR-FXE Atkinson cycle engine (99 PS and 142 Nm) and a 82 PS/207 Nm electric motor. The combined output is 136 PS. There’s an electric water pump, exhaust gas recirculation and no accessory drive belts for max efficiency. The gearbox is a CVT unit. Drivers get to choose between Normal, Power, Eco and EV modes.

No big changes to the trademark Prius look, but small differences include a restyled lower grille (improves air intake, pedestrian protection), repositioned fog lamps, LED daytime running lights, new rear lights and a new Bordeaux Mica Metallic colour. Inside, the theme has been changed from grey to black, and there are new textures to the plastics. The front armrest and cupholders, among other small bits, have been redesigned for better usability.

There’s a Head-Up Display that projects speed and the Hybrid Eco Monitor, and the brightness is auto adjusted. You’ll also notice a new head unit with a 6.1-inch touch screen display, Bluetooth/USB connection and reverse camera. Sound comes from an 8-Green Edge speaker, 8-channel amplifier system by JBL.

Like before, keyless entry and start, cruise control and Touch Tracer are available. On the safety front, the Prius comes with seven airbags, TRC, VSC, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist.

Toyota has a new variant called Prius Luxury. This upscale trim level adds on LED projector headlamps with auto leveling and washer. Normally found on high end Lexus models, LED headlamps are brighter and use less energy than HID bulbs. Luxury trim also brings an electro chromic rear view mirror and leather seats. The front seats are heated.

If you’re wondering why, remember that a small market like ours can’t dictate and custom order specs – I’m guessing that if UMWT wanted leather from TMC, they have to take it with the warmers.

Japan’s best selling car is priced at RM139,900 OTR with insurance, while the Prius Luxury is yours for RM145,500, lower than pre launch estimates.