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Facelifted Toyota Vitz becomes EU-spec Yaris


Launched in Japan early last month as the facelifted third generation Vitz, Toyota has now unveiled the European-spec Yaris likely to arrive in South Africa later this year.

Claimed to feature 900 new parts compared to its predecessor, the Yaris takes after its Japanese sibling in the styling department with new headlights incorporating daytime running LED's, new grille with optional Bi-tone finishes, redesigned front and rear bumpers, LED taillights and two new colours; Hydro Blue and Tokyo Red.

Inside, mid-range models and up receive a new 4.2-inch infotainment display, with additional revisions consisting of a new steering wheel, piano-key black inserts, new upholstery depending the model selected, and blue backlight dials. Mid+ spec variants further benefit from 15-inch alloy wheels and Bi-tone interior finishes, while the top range Chic sports a black interior with half leather seats.

New safety items include Pre-Collision System with semi-Autonomous Emergency Braking, Auto High Beam headlights, Lane Departure Warning and Road Sign Assist.

Engine-wise, the Yaris drops the previous 1.33-litre VVT-i unit for a brand new 1.5 making 82 kW and 136 N.m of torque, mated to a six-speed manual or CVT. Although unconfirmed, the previous 1.0-litre is likely to continue as the entry level engine with some markets also getting a 1.4 D4-D and 1.5-litre HSD Hybrid.

No word on final spec and pricing has yet been made.

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