Heading to SA? Toyota Yaris (XP150) handed Corolla-inspired facelift

Toyota in Thailand has taken the wraps off its facelifted Yaris, handing the hatchback a subtle facelift seemingly inspired by the Corolla.

Back in February 2018, Toyota South Africa Motors switched from the Euro-spec Yaris to the larger, Asian-spec model, which is also offered in parts of South America.

The XP150-generation Yaris has been in production since 2013, with its first facelift having been applied late in 2017, just before its arrival in South Africa. Toyota SA Motors has yet to announce when this refreshed model will arrive.

So, what’s been changed with this update? Well, the Yaris gains a trapezoidal-shaped lower grille below rejigged LED headlamps (for range-topping models, anyway). The front foglamp design has been revised, too.

Furthermore, the Yaris in Thailand is now offered in two-tone guise (just like the Corolla hatchback), while also gaining a new 15-inch alloy wheel design. Changes to the rear bumper, meanwhile, appear fairly minor.

The Japanese firm says it has improved the quality of materials used in the cabin, while also adding tweaked instrument cluster graphics, new upholstery and extra USB ports.

From what we can tell, nothing’s changed under the bonnet. For the record, the Yaris line-up in South Africa currently comprises five variants, each powered by a naturally aspirated 1,5-litre petrol engine worth 79 kW and 140 N.m.

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