This is the Toyota Yaris Ativ, the sedan version of the Toyota Yaris hatchback in Thailand. Launched in August 2017, it’s a Thai eco car just like the Yaris. The classification imposes a 1.2 litre engine, and the 3NR-FE motor churns out 86 PS/108 Nm, mated to a CVT automatic.

The Yaris Ativ is 4,425 mm long, 1,730 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall; which is 15 mm longer and 30 mm wider than our current Vios. The height and 2,550 mm wheelbase matches the Vios, so this is a car that’s largely similar in dimensions to the B-segment sedan that we’re familiar with. It should come to Malaysia as the next-generation Vios, as is the case in Singapore.

Without Thai eco car restrictions, the Singapore-spec new Vios comes with a 1.5 litre engine that’s the norm in the class. The SG-spec Vios pairs a 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i mill (105 hp, 140 Nm) to a CVT – a powertrain combo that our current Vios received in 2016.

In Thailand, the Ativ is available in five variants: J Eco, J, E, G and S. The first two roll on 14-inch steel wheels, while the others get 15-inch alloys. G and S variants get halogen projectors headlamps.

You can see the difference here – the silver car is a 559,000 baht (RM69,583) E while the blue car is the 635,000 baht (RM79,039) range-topping S. There’s a beige cabin for the E and a full-black one with red pattern on the seats for the sporty-flavoured S.

The S also gets goodies such as a seven-inch touchscreen head unit, automatic air-con, a 4.2-inch multi-info display, Optitron instrument cluster, six speakers as well as keyless entry and push start. All variants get seven airbags and VSC as standard. Like what you see?

GALLERY: Singapore-spec new Toyota Vios