Toyota has launched the Yaris facelift in Indonesia. The B-segment hatchback is similar in appearance to the Thai-market Yaris eco car, which was launched in September 2017.

In the Land of Smiles, the Yaris and Yaris Ativ sedan are Thai eco cars with entry level price tags and 1.2 litre engines. No such restrictions in Indonesia, where the Yaris will be positioned higher than the Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) twins, which come with 1.0L and 1.2L engines.

In Indonesia, the Toyota Yaris will be a relatively premium choice with a 1.5 litre engine. The motor in question is the 2NR unit also found in our Perodua Myvi and Toyota Vios, with DOHC and Dual VVT-i. It makes 107 PS and 140 Nm of torque, and is mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic. Three grades are available – E, G and the TRD Sportivo – which makes it six variants in total.

The TRD gets exclusive kit such as projector headlamps (with a red ring accent), bodykit with rear spoiler, LED DRLs, 16-inch two-tone alloys and LED tail lamps. The latter two are also available in the G. Inside, the TRD range topper comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio buttons, shift paddles and Sport/Eco modes (CVT only), Optitron meters with colour TFT multi-info display, push start and auto air con.

For ICE, the top car gets a seven-inch DVD-AVX head unit with Miracast, Weblink and six speakers. Safety wise, all variants get ABS/EBD/BA, VSC, HSA, seven airbags. Prices range from Rp 235.4 juta (RM67,397) for the E MT to Rp 275.9 juta (RM78,981) for the TRD Sportivo CVT.

The new Daihatsu Sirion – a rebadged Myvi imported CBU from Malaysia – was recently launched in Indonesia with the sole engine choice of a 1.3L. The absence of a Sirion equivalent of the fully loaded Myvi 1.5L Advance in Indonesia fits the Toyota-Daihatsu product positioning jigsaw nicely – products wearing the T badge usually occupy a higher rung, reserved for the Yaris 1.5L. The new Sirion is priced from Rp 182.5 juta (RM52,655) to Rp 193.5 juta (RM55,819) there.


GALLERY: Thai-spec Toyota Yaris facelift