The facelifted Toyota Yaris is due to arrive in South Africa this month with a host of updates that include revised exterior and interior styling as well as the introduction of a new 1.5-litre engine. Here's what you can expect from the facelifted Yaris!
The facelifted Yaris is launching in South Africa this month and Toyota has implemented a number of changes that will enhance the appeal of the vehicle. Designed at Toyota's ED2 European design centre, the refreshed Yaris will wear more distinctive, reshaped headlights (with LED daylight running lights), an upgraded grille (with less chrome-look garnish) and a reshaped bumper replete with revised foglight housings.
At the rear, elongated taillights (also adorned with LED detailing), a redesigned tailgate and a re-profiled bumper and diffuser help to give the compact hatchback a wider stance.
The ornate LED-adorned taillight clusters certainly give the Yaris a more distinctive rear aspect.
Over and above updated wheel covers/alloy wheels (depending on the particular derivative), the interior will feature new colours, an updated dashboard and instrument binnacle, new interior trim details and upgraded upholstery. The touchscreen infotainment systems that will be offered will vary from market to market, but South Africa will undoubtedly receive a tweaked version of the current units.
The Yaris will also feature Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a collision avoidance system with autonomous emergency braking, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, road sign assist and hill-start assist.
By cutting back on the chrome grille trim, the expansive grille louvres look a lot more prominent.
The local Yaris range will feature the familiar 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine with 51 kW and 95 Nm of torque which will make use of a 5-speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.0 L/100 km.
The big news is that the previous 1.3-litre engine will now be replaced with a 1.5-litre petrol engine offering 82 kW and 136 Nm of torque. This engine will be offered with a 5-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). According to Toyota, this engine is more efficient and provides improved performance with a zero to 100 kph time of 11.0 seconds, compared to 11.8 seconds for the previous 1.3-litre engine. Fuel consumption for the CVT derivative is claimed at 4.8 L/100 km while the manual claims a figure of 5.0 L/100 km.
The 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid version will top the range, offering a total system output of 74 kW and 111 Nm of torque and making use of a CVT. Toyota claims a fuel consumption figure of 3.6 L/100 km.
We will be attending the local launch later this month, so look out for our first drive report coming your way!
Toyota Yaris – prices in South Africa
1.0 Pulse M/T R199 000
1.5 Pulse M/T R228 700
1.5 Pulse CVT R241 400
1.5 Pulse Plus CVT R249 600
1.5 Hybrid CVT R307 200
The Toyota Yaris is sold with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 3-year/45 000 km service plan.