Toyota Yaris

The wraps have come off the new China-spec Toyota Yaris at the ongoing Auto Shanghai. Measuring 4.113 metres long, 1.7 metres wide and 1.440 metres tall, with a wheelbase of 2.55 metres, the hatchback is a smidgen shorter both in length and height than the third-gen Toyota Vios sedan on which it’s based.

This Toyota Yaris has been designed specifically for China, and so differs from the current iterations of Japan’s Vitz and Europe’s Yaris – although these two may receive an aesthetic update along the same lines in time, since they’re now approaching three and two years of age in their respective markets.

Besides the obvious bodystyle and roofline differences between the Yaris and Vios, the hatchback gains a ‘handlebar moustache’ on the front grille that can be colour-contrasted with the body, different-shaped headlamps and a bigger front bumper cutout for the fog lamps.

The Yaris’ bonnet shut lines are different from the Vios’ too, and check out those C-shaped tail lamps! Blacked-out pillars help to create the ‘floating roof’ effect, while the interior seems to remain status quo where the Vios is concerned, at least from the pictures we have.

Details and specifications are scarce at the moment, but Toyota says the China-market Yaris and Vios are slated to enter production by the end of this year.