After a styling overhaul last year, the US-market Toyota Prius c gets some minor upgrades for the 2016 model year, adding a number of safety features as well as a new special edition variant.

The big news is that the Toyota Safety Sense C suite of active safety kit is now offered as an option, throwing Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Assist and Automatic High Beam into the standard mix of nine airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) and Smart Stop Technology (SST), the latter preventing unintended acceleration.

Also new is the Persona Series, limited to 1,500 units with sales starting December. Based on the mid-spec Two trim (with cruise control, two-tone fabric seats, a 60:40-split rear bench and a tonneau cover), it’s only available in Black, with black alloy wheels and Electric Lime or Cherry Pearl highlights found under the headlights and side windows, as well as on the lower front grille trim, side mirrors and rear-view mirror.

Elsewhere, it’s much the same as before – the 2015 facelift already gave the Prius c new standard-fit LED headlights, restyled LED tail light graphics, a more aggressive front bumper, revamped interior materials and improved NVH. No changes to the powertrain either, so under the bonnet remains a 73 PS/111 Nm 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle VVT-i engine mated to an electric motor and an eCVT, pushing out a system total of 99 PS.

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