Thai built Toyota Yaris Coming to SA?


A modified Toyota Yaris has been shown in Thailand with new front-end styling and, having seen a cryptic post on the local manufacturer's Facebook page, we believe that the newcomer may be coming to South Africa soon.

The facelifted Yaris shown here is believed to be an "Asian-market-only" Yaris with a revised front-end design. It runs on the same underpinnings as the current Yaris, with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine under the bonnet developing 60 kW and 108 Nm of torque and is sold in Asia with a CVT.

Following a cryptic Facebook post on Toyota SA’s Facebook page, it appears that this Asian built Yaris could make it to our shores this year.

Toyota SA was unable to comment on the possibility of this model being introduced on the local market, except to say that an announcement will be forthcoming. Regular contributor, video presenter and #CarsAwards judge Francisco Nwamba will attend a Yaris media event on 7 February. Watch this space for more details.

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