Refreshed Toyota Yaris lands in Thailand with sleeker look and more tech

Could the PH be next to get it?
by Drei Laurel | Aug 20, 2020
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Toyota’s subcompact hatchback just got an update in Thailand. Yes, we’re talking about the Yaris, which gets an updated exterior look and a handful of additional tech for 2020.

Outside, the Yaris and the Yaris Ativ sedan flaunt a more unified-looking face highlighted by a revamped grille and new foglight housings akin to the ones found on the updated Vios. Both ride on 15-inch wheels. We have to say that the hatch looks particularly good with the two-tone exterior seen here, and with higher-end units getting sharper-looking headlights featuring LED daytime running lights, this thing is quite the attention-grabber.

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A fair amount has changed inside, too. The instrument panel has been redesigned, and you’ll notice the vehicle now comes available with nice leather seats. Rear passengers can also take advantage of a pair of rear charging ports now, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is another added convenience.

Perhaps the most important upgrade the Yaris gets, though, is in safety: Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a pre-collision system, brake assist, and hill ascent control, is now available on the hatchback.

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In Thailand, all units come equipped with a smaller 1.2-liter four-cylinder dual VVT-i engine capable of 91hp at 6,000rpm and 109Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The engine is mated to a CVT. In that market, the new Yaris carries a starting price of 549,000 Thai baht (around P850,000) and tops out at 679,000 Thai baht (over P1 million) for the Sport Premium variant.

At the very least, the new Yaris is a noticeable step up in style both inside and out. The looks are definitely more streamlined now, and the changes to the interior should serve the hatch well as it tries to compete in an increasingly competitive subcompact segment. So, will the Philippine market be getting it next? We hope so.

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