The new Toyota Yaris Ativ sedan has made its launch debut in Thailand, a few days after an official teaser video was first released. The car is based on the current Vios sold there, but comes with a smaller engine to comply with Thailand’s Eco Car rules. It will compete against other cars like the Honda Brio Amaze, Mitsubishi Attrage and Suzuki Ciaz.

All five variants – J Eco, J, E, G and S – are powered by a 1.2 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine paired with a Super CVT-i automatic. The 3NR-FE powerplant is identical to the one found in the Yaris hatchback (also an Eco Car), churning out 86 PS and 108 Nm of torque.

The Yaris Ativ features unique front and rear ends to distinguish itself from the Vios, the latter featuring slimmer LED rear combination taillights. A large lower grille dominates the sedan’s face, with the typical Toyota V headlamp and grille combo occupying the upper section.

Looking closer into the details, the Yaris Ativ also features a distinct character line that starts from the front wheel arch, heading towards the rear doors, with another line linking the door handles to the rear taillights.

Equipment wise, E, G and S variants are fitted with 15-inch alloy wheels, while 15- and 14-inch steel sets are on the J and J Eco, respectively. Halogen projectors also make their way to the G and S variants, while it is halogen reflectors for the other variants.

Inside, fabric seats are standard across the line-up, with leather or urethane-wrapped controls depending on variant. Similarly, door trims vary from leather (with red stitching) to fabric kinds, and interior colours offered include black or beige.

The range-topping S gets the most goodies here, with a seven-inch touchscreen head unit, automatic air-conditioning, 4.2-inch multi-info display, Optitron instrument cluster, six speakers as well as keyless entry and start.

On the safety front, the Yaris Ativ comes with seven airbags (front, sides, curtain and driver’s knee), VSC, traction control, hill start assist, ABS with EBD and brake assist. All these are standard on every variant of the sedan, which isn’t bad for an Eco Car.

Prices start at 469,000 baht (RM60,506) for the J Eco, followed by the J at 519,000 baht (RM66,957), E at 549,000 baht (RM70,827), G at 599,000 baht (RM77,278) and lastly, the S at 619,000 baht (RM79,858). What do you think of the new Yaris Ativ?