A couple of months back, spyshots of what appeared to be a Toyota Vios emerged from Thailand. Headlightmag forum speculated that the spied model could be the Vios eco car, with the name changed to Yaris. The new Toyota Yaris Ativ is likely going to be positioned below the Vios, challenging the likes of the Honda Brio Amaze.
Now we can be certain that the new Yaris variant will be called the Toyota Yaris Ativ. The platform is from the current Toyota Vios, not the new TNGA platform.
Visually, the Toyota Yaris Ativ gets an updated front and rear fascia. The front end is adorned by a large grille with a pair of LED daytime running lights positioned below the headlights. The rear end is also differentiated from the Vios with different tail lamps and rear bumper design.
Due to Thailand's Eco Car scheme, the new Toyota Yaris Ativ will receive a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT that sends drive to the front wheels. The leaked brochure also indicated that the Yaris Ativ will get a gated gear shifter.
Smaller engine aside, the Toyota Yaris Ativ is set to be the safest Eco Car in Thailand. Airbag count is at a whopping seven, which includes two front airbags, curtain airbags, side airbags and a driver knee airbag. On top of that, the Yaris Ativ will receive ABS with EBD, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
The new Toyota Yaris Ativ is expected to be officially unveiled on 15 August.