Toyota’s official distributor in Malaysia – UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has just given the Toyota Yaris hatchback yet another update, with slight cosmetics and equipment updates. It now comes with sports new price tags too, with the 1.5E and 1.5G being offered at RM88,000 and RM91,600 (OTR, without insurance) respectively. This essentially makes the Yaris approximately RM4,000 more expensive than before.
On the outside, both variants of the updated Toyota Yaris come with optional features such as new aero kit stylings, and a two-tone paint finish featuring a black roof. Colour-wise, the updated Yaris can be opted in either Red Mica Metallic or Platinum White Pearl, which are both available in single and two-tone. The Silver Metallic finish is also available as a single-tone option only.
Inside, the updated Toyota Yaris now sports some tech upgrades. This includes a larger nine-inch head unit display and comes with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a wireless mobile phone charger as standard. As before, the Yaris sports a USB-A port at the front, along with two USB-C ports at the back. The paddle shifters continue to be available exclusively to the 1.5G variant only.
UMWT is also now packaging the updated Toyota Yaris with a front-driving video recorder (DVR) as standard, and it comes with smartphone connectivity. Aside from a new fabric seat design, the B-segment hatchback from Toyota now comes with a pre-installed RFID tag, which is an optional item at no cost.
Powering the updated Toyota Yaris continues to be the brand’s 2NR-FE 1.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine, paired with a CVT gearbox with seven virtual gears. With power sent to the front wheels only, this setup puts out the usual 107 hp and 140 Nm.
Safety-wise, the Toyota Yaris is packed with the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which features pre-collision braking (PCB), and lane departure alert (LDA). Other safety features include a 3D panoramic view monitor, blind sport monitor (BSM) with rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA), and hill start assist control (HAC).
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