This is the face-lifted Toyota Yaris, which aims to bring the Fiesta rival into line with the latest models in the Japanese firm’s range, as well as to respond to customer feedback on cabin quality and ride comfort.
The new Yaris gets the same ‘cross shape’ across the front of the car as the latest Toyota Aygo, and the tail-lights feature different light clusters incorporating LEDs. The rear of the car also gets a revised bumper, a diffuser and a new number plate surround.
Toyota says it has ‘invested a lot of work in enriching the Yaris’s cabin, and states that engineers have focused on three distinct areas: perceived quality (materials, in effect), a greater feeling of roominess, plus more choice in colours and equipment. It has not issued any images of the revised fascia or cabin, however.
The firm also says that the Yaris’s suspension set-up has been re-tuned to improve comfort and handling, and that noise levels have been reduced. The choice of engines remains unchanged, however, with 1.0- and 1.3-litre petrol motors, a 1.4-litre diesel and the range-topping hybrid.
The current Yaris was introduced back in 2011, and has been praised for its roomy interior and generous standard kit levels. However, its cabin materials and driving dynamics have come in for criticism, particularly when compared with class leaders like the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo, itself the subject of a recent face-lift.
An on-sale date - or any prices - haven't been announced yet, but the revised Yaris is likely to cost the same, starting from £10,995.