Over in Japan, Toyota has given the Prius c (known as the Aqua in its domestic market) a minor update, two years after the facelift arrived on the scene. Exterior-wise, the refresh sees the introduction of redesigned headlamps and styling revisions to the front bumper, while the design of the rear combination lamps have also been reworked.

The rear bumper has also been redone, and reflectors find their way on to the unit, lending the assembly a sharper look. Changes to the tyre specification have also come about – while the Prius c continues to ride on 15-inch wheels, the previous 175/65 rubbers have been replaced with 185/60 profile units, a move that the automaker says enhances steering stability as well and ride comfort.

Inside, a TFT multi-information display is now a standard fit item, and the refresh brings about improved materials and trim, with white synthetic leather being one of the new options available.

The update also introduces a new variant grade called Crossover, which adds active lifestyle elements such as fender arch moldings and roof rails as well as a new grille and dedicated 16-inch alloys. The ride and handling of the variant – which will begin selling in Japan next month – has also been retuned in line with its suggested leanings.

As for exterior colours, buyers can pick from a palette of 14 tones, including a new beige shade exclusive to the Crossover variant. Mechanically, the Prius c continues on with the hybridised 1.5 litre 1NZ-FXE Atkinson cycle engine, though improvements to the engine have come about, as well as that for the control of the hybrid system.