While only the front headlight can be seen through a cloud of blowing blue smoke, the positioning of the LED daytime running light underneath suggests the model in question could be new the Yaris ATIV unveiled at the Thai Motor Expo last year.
Unlike the XP130 generation Yaris sold until now, the ATIV is essentially a facelifted version of the XP150 model sold in Thailand, where it comes powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine developing 63 kW and 108 Nm of torque, connected to a CVT.
At the same event, Toyota also showed the ATIV sedan known in some markets as the Vios, which is currently being tested in India where it will slot in above the Etios. Compared to the Thai model though, the Vios sold in some parts of Asia offers a 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre petrol engine, with the latter more than likely to be made available in South Africa.
Currently, Toyota sells the XP130 Yaris, known as the Pulse, in hatchback guise only with power coming from a 1.0-litre triple, a 1.5-litre hybrid and a 1.5-litre petrol motor making 82 kW and 136 Nm of torque. More details are expected to emerge over the coming weeks.
86 becomes single GT86 model
Elsewhere, Toyota has also quietly made amendments to the 86 range, with the local range now consisting out of a single model priced at R563 100, and equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox.
While no external or interior changes seems to have taken place, Toyota has instead opted to follow international trends in naming the model as GT86 with motivation still coming from a 2.0-litre flat-four Boxer engine developing 147 kW and 205 Nm of torque.