Announced last month, UMW Toyota Motor has officially launched the 2021 Toyota Yaris facelift in the country. The car was introduced via a digital presentation earlier this evening, alongside the 2021 Vios facelift, GR Yaris and Vios GR-S.

As before, three variants are available for the Yaris. The base 1.5J is priced at RM70,940, while the 1.5E goes for RM80,380, and the range-topping 1.5G for RM84,808, all on-the-road without insurance. The final prices are lower than that estimated last month (RM71,688 for the J, RM80,591 for the E and RM85,587 for the G).

Exterior-wise, the refresh introduces a new front bumper, which provides the car with a bolder and wider visual stance. The grille and the lower intake are now fused into one, and the headlamps are now triple bezel LED units, standard across the entire model range. LED daytime running lights and LED front fog lamps are also standard fit.

There are two different wheels, with the J variant getting a 15-inch unit (with 185/60 series tyres) while the E and G are equipped with 16-inch alloys, wrapped with 195/50 tyres. Both the E and G also get an acoustic glass windshield, and the rear lamps on these go the LED combi route.

The Yaris can also be specified with an optional Aerokit (RM2,200 for the J, RM2,500 for the E and G), which adds on front/rear bumper spoilers and two-tone side skirts to enhance the styling of the car further. On the E and G, the pack also comes with a roof spoiler, hence the higher price.

Inside, the Yaris facelift features a black interior, with fabric upholstery. Standard kit includes two 2.1A USB ports, smart keyless entry and push-start ignition, a drive mode switch (Sport/Eco) and illuminated scuff plates.

The J comes equipped with manual air-conditioning, a four-speaker radio/CD player audio system (with auxiliary and Bluetooth connectivity) and an urethane steering wheel. Moving on to the E gets you an Optitron instrument meter panel, which incorporates a 4.2-inch full colour multi-information display, and the steering wheel gets audio control switches.

The variant also comes with a seven-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. This replaces the previous 6.8-inch unit. Elsewhere, UMWT’s Vehicle Telematics System is now standard on the E and G variants, while an optional wireless charger (RM490) is available for all Yaris models, placed in the centre console box.

The G bumps up the presentation with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, and other unique features for the variant include single-zone automatic air conditioning and an electrochromic rear view mirror, the latter being new to the car.

There is no change to the powertrain, with the Dual VVT-i 2NR-FE 1.5 litre engine continuing to deliver 107 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm. Likewise, the choice of the paired transmission, which is a CVT with a seven-speed Shiftmatic mode.

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The big news is the addition of Toyota Safety Sense, which adds on safety and driver-assist kit to the car. Available on the E and G, the suite consists of a pre-collision system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking and lane departure alert (LDA), which works from speeds of 50 km/h on to help avoid unintended lane changes.

Also on are a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and a 3D 360-degree panoramic view monitor, on top of the usual VSC, hill-start assist control and seven airbags. Additionally, the E and G come fitted with a front digital video recorder.

Three exterior colours are avuilable for the Yaris facelift – Red Mica Metallic, Platinum White Pearl and Silver Metallic, with the Citrus Mica Metallic that was the pre-facelift’s hero colour being dropped from the palette.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the specs:

2021 Toyota Yaris 1.5J

Gets as standard


  • 2NR-FE 1.5 litre engine
  • 1,496 cc
  • 107 PS at 6,000 rpm
  • 140 Nm at 4,200 rpm
  • CVT with a seven-speed Shiftmatic mode
  • Ventilated brake discs (front), drums (rear)
  • 1,110 kg kerb weight


  • 15-inch alloy wheels with 185/60 tyres
  • LED headlamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front foglamps
  • Bulbed rear lamps
  • Coloured front grille
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • Powered, retractable side mirrors


  • Fabric upholstery
  • Analogue instrument meter panel
  • Smart keyless entry and push-start ignition
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Drive mode switch (Sport/Eco)
  • Four-speaker radio/CD player audio system (with auxiliary and Bluetooth connectivity)
  • Urethane steering wheel, tilt-adjustable
  • Two USB ports (2.1 A output)
  • 60:40 split foldable rear seats
  • Illuminated scuff plates


  • Seven airbags (dual front, front side, curtain and driver knee)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and traction control
  • ABS, EBD, brake assist
  • Hill start assist
  • Emergency stop signal
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear ISOFIX child seat anchors
  • Seatbelt warning for all occupant seating

2021 Toyota Yaris 1.5E

Adds on


  • 1,115 kg kerb weight


  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50 tyres
  • LED rear combination lamps
  • Acoustic glass windshield
  • Auto-fold function for side mirrors


  • Optitron instrument meter panel
  • 4.2-inch full colour multi-information display
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Premium security solar film


  • Pre-collision system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane departure alert (LDA)
  • 3D panoramic view monitor (PVM)
  • Blind spot monitor (BSM)
  • Rear cross traffic alert (RCTA)
  • Front digital video recorder
  • Vehicle Telematics System (VTS)

2021 Toyota Yaris 1.5G

Adds on


  • 1,140 kg kerb weight
  • Brake discs (rear)


  • Chrome-plated door handles


  • Leather steering wheel, with audio controls
  • Leather gearshift knob
  • Auto air-conditioning (single-zone)
  • Two additional speakers, total of six
  • Electrochromic rear-view mirror


  • Front parking sensors

Optional equipment available for all three Yaris variants

  • Aerokit (with front/rear bumper spoilers, side skirts, roof spoiler; 1.5J without roof spoiler)
  • Rear digital video recorder
  • Wireless charger

2021 Toyota Yaris facelift official images