Toyota launches new Yaris in the US

All-new or just a makeover?
May 18, 2012

New Toyota Yaris

Toyota has unveiled the 2012 Yaris in the United States. We're not really familiar with the life cycle of the current model, but Toyota calls the Yaris you see in the photos "all-new." Judging by the exterior design, however, this looks like merely a cosmetic makeover.

The press release is short, which reinforces our suspicion that this really is just a refresh. Part of that PR statement includes this:

The all-new Yaris comes in three-door and five-door liftback models, with available five-speed manual or four-speed electronic automatic transmissions. Powered by an efficient 106hp four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), it’s EPA-rated to achieve 30mpg city and 38mpg highway with the manual and 30 city/35 highway with the automatic.

If you recall, Toyota Motor Philippines presented its own face-lifted Yaris in March. Whether the new US Yaris has any bearing on the Philippine version remains to be seen. For now, we just have to be content with the photos.

Which Yaris design do you like better?

 

New Toyota Yaris

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