Bangkok 2018: Toyota Yaris Ativ TRD, future Vios TRD

You’ve seen an earlier live gallery post on the Toyota Yaris Ativ, which is the next-generation Vios in Thai eco car spec. Now here’s the Toyota Yaris Ativ TRD, the B-segment sedan dressed up in Toyota Racing Development branded parts. This is how a future Vios TRD might look like.

The Yaris Ativ was launched here in August 2017 in five variants – J Eco, J, E, G and S – the sportiest being the S. There’s been no TRD version available till now. Word is that limited units of the fully-optioned Yaris Ativ TRD as seen here will be sold by Toyota dealers for two months – after that, the parts will be widely available separately and for retrofitting.

The Yaris Ativ in its S trim already gets a slim red lip, but the TRD style adds one lower, and much thicker red accent. The lipstick is matched by a front spoiler and enlarged fog lamp surrounds with three strakes. Reminds me of the Joker.

Bangkok 2018: Toyota Yaris Ativ TRD, future Vios TRD

Two-tone side skirts fill up the sides. The gloss black mirror cap cover with a red stripe is already on the S.

At the back, the sedan gets a boot lid spoiler and an engorged rear valance finished by a thick red lip that matches the one in front. No unique TRD rims, but the Yaris Ativ TRD leaves no doubt that you paid extra for the bodykit – it’s not subtle.

It’s a Thai eco car here, so the Ativ is powered by a 1.2 litre engine with 86 PS/108 Nm, mated to a CVT automatic. The car has since surfaced in Singapore as the new Toyota Vios with a 1.5 litre engine-CVT combo, as used by our current Vios. Malaysia will most likely follow suit. What do you think of this next to the Honda City?

GALLERY: Toyota Yaris Ativ E and S

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