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WRC-inspired Toyota Yaris debuts along with revised JDM Vitz


Shown in a single teaser image last year to mark its return to the World Rally Championship, Toyota has officially released pictures of its hot new Yaris, along with a solitary technical detail.

Based on the facelifted Japanese market Vitz that went on sale this past Thursday, the yet as unnamed performance Yaris will be offered in three-door configuration only, with unique aesthetics tweaks consisting of wider tailights, prominent roof mounted spoiler with winglets, central exhaust, black honeycomb grille, black alloy wheels and red and black decals reminiscent of the livery used on the WRC version.

Although Toyota has remained tight-lipped on engine details, it has however revealed that the Yaris will produce at least 155 kW, making its more powerful than the Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Polo GTI and Renault Clio RS 200. More details will most likely emerge in the run-up to the Yaris' debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

In the meantime, the mainstream Vitz gets revised front and rear facias, new LED daytime-running lights, new bumpers and LED taillights. A sport's package consisting of 16-inch alloy wheels and unique bodykit is available as an option. Collision Avoidance with autonomous braking and Hill Start Assist are standard across the Vitz range.

Engines remain unchanged though with the Vitz still being available with a 51 kW one-litre three cylinder, 73 kW 1.3 and 74 kW 1.5 Hybrid. It however remains to be seen whether the local Yaris range will receive the same additions as the Vitz, with engines expected to continue as is.

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