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Toyota Yaris L sedan

Until now, Toyota’s strategy for the Chinese B-segment market was simple. The Vios sedan was built and sold through its joint venture with GAC, while the hatchback counterpart, the Yaris L (the one that is also sold in ASEAN markets), is available via FAW Toyota Motor. Evidently, however, both companies want a slice of each other’s pie, hence the development of the Vios hatch and Yaris L sedan you see here.

Surfacing on the internet via autohome.com.cn, these images show that each one essentially gets the other’s front fascia. On the Vios hatch, there’s the redesigned face first seen on the facelifted sedan at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year.

Reshaped headlights are linked to a new T-shaped upper grille, while a wider lower grille integrates the front fog lights and are flanked by vertical LED daytime running lights. The rear is unchanged from the facelifted Yaris L, with LED tail lights carrying slimmer indicators, plus a redesigned bumper.

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Toyota Vios hatch

Meanwhile, the Yaris L sedan gains the polarising front end seen on the facelifted hatch, albeit thankfully without the black mask that makes it look like it has a moustache. It’s still not what you’d call handsome, however, thanks to the multitude of contours and grilles. Again, the rear end is unchanged from the revised Vios sedan, with new LED tail lights and reprofiled rear bumper.

Both cars should be powered by the same 99 hp 1.3 litre and 107 hp 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engines as the Vios sedan and Yaris L hatch, matched to either a five-speed manual or a CVT with a virtual seven-speed mode.