Toyota's compact hybrid has just received a recent update for 2016 via minor cosmetic tweaks along with a new special variant.

Starting from the outside, the dual headlight design has been replaced with HID projectors along with a reshaped front bumper. The side profile relatively remains the same but it now comes available with new alloy wheels, depending on the variant chosen. It now has a sunroof (available only on high-end variants) and a shark-fin antenna, replacing the pre-facelift 'bee-sting' aerial.

The Persona Series Prius C

The rear also retains the same look apart from an updated taillight design and a sleeker roof-mounted spoiler.

As mentioned earlier, the 2016 Prius C can be specified with the new Persona Series Special Edition. Finished in black, the Prius C also gets two available color accents; Electric Lime and Cherry Pearl. The contrasting trim can be seen on the lower front grill, below the headlights, beneath the side window trims, side mirrors and rear-view mirror. Completing it all is a set of 15-inch black alloy wheels and Persona Series badging.

Inside the 2016 Prius C

Inside, the cabin design has been carried over but has been fitted with new standard equipment. These include the new 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen infotainment system, additional controls on the multifunction steering wheel, two-tone fabric seats, six-way adjustable driver's seat and the optional Safety Sense C (TSS-C) system that is comprised of Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Assist and Pre-Collision System.

It is still powered by the 1.5-liter inline-four that is then paired with an electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery. It produces a combined output of 99 PS and has a Continuously Variable Transaxle.

The 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain

The 2016 Prius C will go on sale in the US by December while the Persona Series will only be limited to 1,500 units.