Toyota facelifts Yaris hatchback for 2017

Five-door Ecocar gets sleeker design cues and more safety equipment to come in line with the just-launched Yaris Ativ saloon sibling.

Toyota Motor Thailand has introduced an updated version of the Yaris hatchback featuring mid-life design tweaks, more kit and slightly higher prices.

The notable exterior changes are the sleeker front and rear lights. As well, the front grille and bumper design is markedly different than before as designers have ditched the controversial “catfish whiskers” in favour of a look similar to the just-launched Yaris Ativ saloon.

The interior of the hatchback has also been brought into line with its saloon sibling. And by also employing seven airbags across the range, Toyota’s two B-segment cars are the only ones in their classes to get such an amount of passive safety features.

As this is only a mid-life refresh, the sole petrol and E20-compatible engine remains the same: 86hp 1.2-litre inline-four mated to CVT automatic transmission. As the Yaris is made to Ecocar I rules, it has a fuel consumption rate of 20kpl and 120g/km of CO2 emissions.

There are four grades for the Yaris: G priced at 609,000 baht, E at 559,000 baht, J at 529,000 baht and J Eco at 479,000 baht. All are 10,000 baht dearer than the pre-facelift models. Toyota has yet to announce a TRD version which was available previously at 585,000 baht.

The Yaris hits showrooms on Sept 22. Toyota says prices for both the hatchback and saloon will be adjusted from Nov 1.

Toyota has set a monthly sales target for the revised Yaris at 3,200 units for this year. Ever since it was launched in Oct 2013, some 150,000 units have been sold.

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