After updating nearly its entire lineup, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is looking to churn out one more model before the year ends, and that is the Toyota Yaris. Serving as the hatchback counterpart to the Toyota Vios, the Yaris now comes in a devilishly handsome shade of blue along with that updated front fascia.
The Yaris appeals to many married professionals in their mid to late 30s looking for a modern fun-to-drive vehicle that offers the great cargo space a hatchback offers. The Yaris nameplate has amassed quite a loyal fan base for being synonymous with fun driving and flashy looks, and this year we’ve elevated it with a new premium eye-catching design to suit our customers’ evolving style. All without, of course, compromising on the power, convenience, and safety we’ve all come to expect from every Toyota.”
With a new face, the hatchback gets numerous upgrades over its previous generation. Gone are the halogen projector headlights in favor of a more modern LED array for the top of the line models. Lower variants still get the halogen reflector headlamps, but as a consolation, you do get a nice set of LED fog lamps.
A slight revision was made to the rear in the form of a slightly tweaked pair of taillamps with LEDs. for the top of the line model. You also get a new alloy wheel design that is still 16-inches in diameter and sport a 2-tone finish.
On the inside, the new Yaris has mostly the same design as the old model, with a few differences in terms of trim. Instead of just cloth seats with accents, the new Yaris, in its top of the line variant, now gets synthetic leather seats. Otherwise, it’s mostly the same as the prior model.
Tech and Safety
Another notable update to the Yaris is the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The prior generation of Yaris models made do with a 7-inch infotainment screen with mirror link and Bluetooth connectivity, however, this time around, you may pair your smartphone with the more modern head unit. You still get up to 6-speakers with 4 being the standard on the lower variant. The other good thing about this update is that the head unit comes standard across the line, so whether you go for the S CVT or E CVT, you will get the same premium features in terms of the head unit.
Safety-wise, you still get the standard suite of airbags, however, the model comes standard with 7 from the factory for all variants. On top of that, you’re still seeing ABS with Brake Assist and EBD, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist Control, seatbelts for 5 people, Toyota Vehicle Security System, and also ISOFIX tethers.
Engine and Transmission
Still retained is the Toyota Vios’ powertrain options, with the entry-level models coming with the 1.3-liter 4 cylinder gasoline engine, while the top of the line models gets the 1.5-liter 4 cylinder gasoline mills. There is only one transmission option available, and that is a CVT automatic. Though, the higher trims will get paddle shifters so that drivers can go up and down simulated gears. Expect the same performance as the Vios, with the 1.3-liter producing 98 hp and 123 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-liter makes 106 hp and 140 Nm of torque.
Finally, the price of this model starts at P973,000 for the 1.3 E CVT variant, while the top of the line 1.5 S CVT variant goes for P1,114,000. A bit more than the Vios but considering more practicality because it is a hatchback and even the leather seats that come in the top of the line model, it could be worth your while.
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