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Toyota Yaris Facelift Out, Gets Down On Quirk!


It features a Lexus-like face, lending it a premium look!

 

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  • Changes for the updated Yaris are largely cosmetic.
  • Inside, it gets an updated upholstery design and infotainment system.
  • India-spec Yaris likely to retain the existing 107PS 1.5-litre petrol engine with manual and automatic options.
  • Facelifted Yaris expected to launch in India in 2021.

This here is the facelifted Toyota Yaris, also known as the Vios in select international markets. It packs a more premium face, a slightly revised interior and more features as well. Can this help the Yaris become more popular in its segment? Let’s find out. 

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First impressions are good, courtesy the updated face which looks similar to a Lexus. The Yaris’ grille mimics Lexus’ spindle grille and it’s flanked by LED headlamps, which is a first for the sedan. The creases on the fog lamp housing lend it a sporty appearance. Changes in profile are limited to restyled dual-tone alloy wheels while the rear end looks similar to the existing Yaris. 

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The changes on the inside are more conservative and the Yaris only features a redesigned upholstery and an updated infotainment system. Other features like cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control, powered driver’s seat, a multi-info display and a rear sunshade have been retained. Safety features include seven airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors as well as electronic stability control. 

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 Mechanically, the Yaris remains unchanged. That means, the international-spec car retains its 98PS 1.3-litre and 106PS 1.5-litre petrol engines. The India-spec model could continue to utilise the 107PS/140Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine with either a 6-speed manual or CVT. 

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The facelifted Yaris is expected to reach India in 2021. While these upgrades give the Yaris a premium look, it all boils down to pricing. And we don’t expect it to come cheap with prices likely to start from Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). Its rivals include the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid, and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

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