Australia's Toyota Prius C will see a styling and safety update later in 2017, CarAdvice can reveal.

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The updated 2018 Toyota Prius C revealed in the US earlier this week will be offered locally in the latter part of the year, bringing with it revised styling and new alloy wheels.

The front-end sees a renewed fascia, while there are new side skirts, a new rear bumper design and a blacked out rear spoiler, all of which combines to give the car "a big infusion of sporty attitude", according to Toyota.

In the US, the Prius C will be offered on alloy wheels in all grades, and it's expected that'll be the case here, too. Currently, the base model Prius C has 15-inch steel wheels, where the higher-grade i-Tech has 15-inch alloys. We'd expect 16s on the high-spec here, and 15s on the lower grade, if the brand retains the same twin-model line as current.

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A new safety system is expected to be offered on the high-spec model as standard, and it includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights. The standard LED headlights on both models are expected to go unchanged.

Also unlikely to see any change is the drivetrain in the Prius C, a 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid that offers a maximum power output of 74kW, and combined fuel consumption of 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres. It can run on electricity only for short stints, up to 40km/h.

The interior appears to have seen some tweaks based on the image of the US-spec version on the company's press site, with the inclusion of a new media system (the same seen in the Corolla) and perhaps some new trims here and there.

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Toyota Australia has advised that there's little information to be added at this point in time, but that it plans to offer more details in the lead-up to the facelifted Prius C launching here in the latter part of 2017.