Priced from $15 290 (R149 750) for the five-speed manual or $16 820 (R164 735) for the four-speed automatic, the base Ascent gets a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display, six-speaker sound system, 15-inch steel wheels, Lane Departure Warning, seven airbags and automatic headlights.
Available with the same transmission options but commanding price tags of $17 330 (R169 730) and $18 860 (R184 715) respectively, the mid-range SX adds front foglights and a bigger engine, while the flagship automatic only ZR ($22 740 - R222 716) receives 15-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation, climate control and Bi-LED headlights.
Unlike in Europe though, the Aussie-spec Yaris misses out on the entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder and brand new 1.5-litre petrol engines, as well as the 1.5-litre hybrid model, with the Ascent still featuring the old 63 kW / 120 Nm 1.3-litre engine and the SX and ZR the 80 kW / 141 Nm 1.5-litre mill.
As a comparison, prices in the UK start at £12 495 (R196 541) for the 1.0 Icon and top out at £19 295 (R303 503) for the Hybrid Excel, while the new 82 kW / 136 Nm 1.5, which replaces the smaller 1.33 unit, ranges from £15 295 (R240 584) for the Icon to £17 595 (R276 762) for the Bi-tone model with two-tone roof and body colour finishes.
Note: EU spec Yaris Bi-tone Hybrid pictured