Updated Toyota Prius+ MPV revealed

Hybrid MPV has been updated for 2015, including tweaked styling and more standard kit

The Toyota Prius+ MPV has been tweaked for 2015, with refreshed styling, more equipment and new colour choices.

On the outside, the seven-seat MPV takes inspiration from the facelifted Toyota Yaris and new Toyota Aygo, with a bold black grille and redesigned headlights. There’s a set of redesigned tail-lights, too, as well as a new rear bumper.

Inside, there’s a new dark silver metallic finish for the buttons and switches, and splashes of chrome on the door handles and air vents. On the top of the dashboard, there’s a 4.2-inch colour screen, displaying information on fuel consumption and the car’s trip computer. It also features a new ‘Eco Judge’ function designed to maximise your efficiency by scoring you for how economically you’re driving.

In addition to the small screen, all models now feature Toyota’s Touch 2 multimedia system. This includes controls for the car’s Bluetooth and reversing camera and can also be specified with satellite navigation and Toyota’s online portal – featuring an expanded range of connected services such as live traffic information and Internet connectivity.

Equipment upgrades include electric seat adjustment, a front central armrest and parking assistance. Safety features have been upgraded, too, to include hill-start assistance and an emergency braking signal – this automatically turns on the hazard warning lights when you brake hard.

It’s not yet clear which models will feature the above equipment, or how much each will cost. These details will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date early next year. However, we expect a slight increase on the outgoing model, which starts from £26,145. In Europe, the new Prius+ will be offered in Dark Sherry metallic and Attitude Black mica - though we'll have to wait and see whether these will be available in the UK.

For more information on the current Toyota range, including a video review of the existing Prius+ MPV, head over to the Carbuyer Toyota reviews page.

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