Toyota Yaris Facelift Unveiled; India Launch Likely By Early-2021
The design changes are limited to the new front end
Facelifted Yaris gets a sportier front fascia with Lexus-like design.
Redesigned air dam takes up most of the front bumper that now stretches all the way up to the grille.
It gets new LED headlamps with LED front fog lamps in new housing design.
Rest of the design and the feature list remains largely unchanged.
Facelifted Yaris is expected to arrive in India by early-2021.
Toyota has launched the facelifted Yaris compact sedan in the Philippines where it is sold under the Vios badge. The visual changes are limited to the model’s front fascia while the feature list is largely unchanged.
As seen in the patent filings and the spy shots, the new Yaris has a sportier front fascia resembling the Lexus design language. The air dam design takes up the majority of the new front bumper and thanks to a black section between the grille and the dam, it looks like the two elements are one. It also gets new LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights along the bottom edge. The LED fog lamps also have a new housing design that looks like sporty air vents. From the profile and the rear, the sedan’s design remains unchanged including the LED combination tail lamps.
Inside the cabin, the facelifted model still has the same dashboard and central console. It still has a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with WebLink for Android and iOS connectivity but looks slightly different from the India-spec model. Even though the display unit has Toyota branding on it, the design doesn’t look like an integrated unit but an aftermarket fitment. It has the same instrument cluster and steering-mounted controls as the current model offered in India.
The facelifted Yaris is expected to arrive in India by 2021 but it needs to have an updated infotainment system that should offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to keep up with the competition. In terms of powertrains, the Toyota compact sedan will continue to be offered with the 1.5-litre petrol engine (107PS/140Nm) mated to a 6-speed manual with the option of a 7-step CVT automatic.
The 2021 Yaris will likely attract a premium over its current price range of Rs 8.86 lakh to Rs 14.3 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will continue to rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, new Honda City, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento.
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