2023 Toyota Yaris updated in Malaysia – no more J variant, now from RM83k

UMW Toyota Motor has quietly updated the Toyota Yaris hatchback for 2023, with a refreshed two variant line-up consisting of the 1.5E and 1.5G variants. The previous base J variant has been removed, and the compact B-segment hatchback now starts from RM83,300 in Malaysia, on-the-road, without insurance.

It should be noted that pricing for the Toyota Yaris has not changed since the end of the SST Exemption period; the Toyota Yaris 1.5G is still priced at RM87,600.

Red on black Optitron instrumentation, and gearshift paddles on steering wheel. Photo from Vios GR-S.

Unlike our neighbours up North, our version of the 2023 Toyota Yaris only comes with fairly minimal updates. Most of these items are on the inside, where both variants now get a black-and-red themed Optitron instrument cluster, new seat pattern on the fabric upholstery, and two new USB-C ports behind the centre console for the rear passengers, replacing the USB-A ports from before.

Step up to the range-topping G variant, and you’ll also get new gearshift paddles behind the leather steering wheel.

Aside from these changes, the rest of the 2023 Toyota Yaris remains essentially identical to the facelifted car that was launched back in 2021. Underneath the bonnet is the same 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated inline-four engine, making 107 hp and 140 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a CVT gearbox with seven virtual gears.

Standard kit across both variants include the LED headlights and combination tail lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen headunit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a rudimentary set of advanced driver assist systems consisting of autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and a 360-degree surround-view monitor.

The RM4,300 premium for the 1.5G variant nets you the additional automatic climate control system, leather shift knob, six speakers, an electronically dimming rearview mirror, as well as additional parking sensors in front.

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