2018 Toyota Yaris hatchback teased, to launch in Thailand on 14 September – Video
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Toyota has released a teaser video of the 2018 Toyota Yaris and announced that it will launch the new model in Thailand on 14 September, 2017. The facelifted Yaris hatchback will hit the Thai market less than a month after the Yaris ATIV.
The teaser video reveals that the facelift will bring a host of design changes to the Toyota Yaris hatchback. The 2018 Toyota Yaris has a Toyota Yaris Ativ inspired front. New sweptback headlamps, redesigned upper grille, bigger, V-shaped lower grille with LED DRLs on top of them and remodelled bumper with elongated fog lamp housing give the hatchback’s face a completely new look.
Unusual for a facelift, the 2018 Toyota Yaris has notable changes on the sides too. The beltline is raised at the rear and the roofline looks sloping further below at the C-pillar. This makes the greenhouse sleeker and resultantly makes the car look sportier now. At the rear, the teaser image shows new wraparound tail lamps and accordingly redesigned tailgate. Lastly, there’s a new lime green colour added to the paint options. The interior should mirror that of the Yaris ATIV now.
The current Thai-spec Toyota Yaris hatchback is powered by the 3NR-FE 1.2-litre Dual VVT-i engine. This four-cylinder petrol engine develops 86 PS and 108 Nm of torque and sends drive to the wheels via a continuously variable transmission. This configuration should remain unchanged post facelift. Local reports suggest that Toyota will level up the safety, offering VSC, TRC, HAC and seven airbags also now.