The Toyota Prius v facelift has been unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles motor show, sporting a more aggressive face in an effort to keep itself relevant. If you’re experiencing a bout of déjà vu, fret not. The same model in Europe – known as the Prius+ – received the same treatment just early last month.

Of all the changes, the adoption of a much fiercer front end comprised of a restyled grille and front bumper along with a new headlight design – with optional LED-projector headlight for both low- and high-beams – is the most obvious. Rear changes include a refreshed rear lamp design and a new rear diffuser.

In terms of hardware, Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive features a 1.8 litre, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor. Total power output equates to 134 hp and fuel consumption is rated at an EPA-estimated 17 km/l for city runs and 18.7 km/l for highway stints.

Safety is at the forefront of Toyota’s mind with the inclusion of the company’s Star Safety System™ umbrella. Safety aids such as vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and seven airbags.

GALLERY: Toyota Prius+ facelift