Toyota is continuing its B-segment offensive in Malaysia – less than two months after the Vios sedan was launched, the hatchback version, the Yaris, has just appeared on the website of local distributor UMW Toyota Motor. It should be coming pretty soon, then.

Among the information listed is estimated pricing, which starts at RM71,888 for the base 1.5J variant, rising up to RM77,888 for the 1.5E and RM84,888 for the range-topping 1.5G. These prices are between RM2,400 to RM5,300 cheaper than the equivalent Vios, which is priced from RM77,200 to RM87,300.

Unlike its predecessor (the ASEAN-market model based on the Vios, not the third-generation European-market model), which had a few exterior changes compared to its four-door sibling, the new Yaris carries almost everything over from the Vios – down to the massive love-it-or-hate-it front grille. The only change is obviously at the rear, where you’ll find blacked-out C-pillars and shapelier two-piece tail lights.

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Ditto on the inside, where the Yaris gets the same Lexus NX-style cliff-shaped centre console and the same fake stitching on the dashboard. Preliminary specs have been released, with the list of equipment including follow-me-home headlights, an Optitron instrument cluster with a 4.3-inch multi-info display, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto air-conditioning, a 360-degree camera and a DVD-AVX head unit with screen mirroring.

All these items are identical to what you’d find on the Vios, as are the engine and transmission – a 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine with 107 PS and 140 Nm of torque, paired to a CVT with seven virtual ratios. Safety kit includes seven airbags, hill-start assist and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, items which are, again, fitted to the Vios.

Like the Vios, the Yaris will be assembled at UMW Toyota’s new plant in Bukit Raja, Klang. Five colours are available (including the new Citrus Mica Metallic you see here), and there’s also an optional bodykit in a contrasting black and red hue, priced at RM2,450 for the 1.5J and RM2,800 for the 1.5E and 1.5G. You can click here to register your interest.

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