Toyota has given the Yaris hatchback a midlife facelift in Thailand. The Thai eco car gets the same look and dashboard as its new Yaris Ativ sedan sister, a new offering that was launched last month.

Gone are the whiskers of the Yaris and in comes a face dominated by a large lower grille, with LED daytime running lights at each top end on the range topping G spec. It’s paired with a typically Toyota V headlamp and grille combo. The headlamps are halogen projectors with LED light guides on the G, while rear LED signatures are standard across the board.

The blacked out C pillar that creates the floating roof has been retained, but the rear screen is now flat bottomed. A pair of wraparound tail lamps connected by a black bar holding the Toyota emblem gives the backside an all new look – as facelifts go, this one goes very far.

The Yaris is an eco car, so it’s powered by a 1.2 litre engine, the max capacity allowed for the budget class. The 3NR-FE is actually a carryover from the pre-facelift, making 86 PS and 108 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. This Dual VVT-i four-cylinder unit is paired to a Super CVT-i automatic in all variants – there’s no base manual. The powertrain is shared with the Yaris Ativ.

The dashboard is all new. It’s similar in design to the Ativ’s, but as the sedan is positioned higher, the Yaris hatch loses out on some goodies found in the top Ativ – the sedan’s large colour multi-info display and touch screen audio are absent here, replaced by an extra dial in the meter panel and a nicely integrated factory head unit, respectively.

Still, the interior is a lot more premium looking than before and boasts more kit. Available items include keyless entry and push start, steering audio/call buttons, a digital AC panel and Optitron meter panel. Like the Ativ, the Yaris comes with seven airbags (front, side, curtain, driver’s knee), ABS/EBD/BA, VSC and HAC standard across the board, which is impressive in this class.

Prices are from 479,000 baht (RM60,568) for the bare bones J Eco (14-inch steel wheels, no radio), 529,000 baht (RM66,911) for the J, 559,000 baht (RM70,705) for the E and 609,000 baht (RM77,030) for the top G. All are 10,000 costlier than before, but one gets more safety kit now.

Seven colours including this signature Citrus Mica Metallic are available, and Toyota Thailand’s list of accessories contains things such as a dashcam, LED fog lamps, LED DRLs, “premium horn”, corner parking sensors, red or champagne interior trim (armrest and AC surrounds), scuff plates and a TRD shift knob, among others. Body add ons can make your Yaris look sportier or like an SUV.

No TRD Sportivo version at launch, but that is sure to come at a later date.



GALLERY: Pre-facelift Toyota Yaris TRD Sportivo