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Updated Toyota Yaris Launched and Likely Headed for U.S.

  • Updated Toyota Yaris showed in Europe, Asia
  • Revised Yaris features new front end, new taillights
  • Toyota has not announced when the new Yaris will reach the U.S.

Toyota recently showed off an updated version of its subcompact Yaris hatchback to shoppers in Europe and Asia. While changes have not yet been confirmed for the U.S. market, we expect to see the revised Yaris reach U.S. dealers sometime in the near future.

On the outside, changes to the Yaris are immediately evident in the hatchback’s front-end design. There’s an entirely new bumper with a much larger grille opening than before, while headlights and fog lights have been reshaped for a bolder new look. The Yaris also adds LED running lights, much like many other modern Toyota models.

The Yaris is also updated in back, though changes aren’t as dramatic as revisions to the car’s front end. There’s a restyled rear bumper, new taillights, and on a sporty model dubbed the Yaris G’s, a race-car-like rear diffuser. Unfortunately, that model likely won’t make an appearance in the States.

Like updates to the rear, changes inside the Yaris are also minimal. The biggest update is the redesigned climate controls, though a few other subtle revisions — such as a new gauge cluster and overhauled door panels — will also be immediately obvious to current Yaris owners.

Since Toyota has not yet confirmed details about the U.S.-bound Yaris, we’re not sure if the subcompact car will see any changes under the hood. European and Asian models will carry over their powerplants unchanged, which suggests the same will be true for the U.S. Yaris. That means drivers should expect an updated Yaris to feature the same 106-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder as today’s model.

On sale since 2007, the Yaris is Toyota’s smallest car in the U.S. Formerly offered as a sedan or a hatchback, current Yaris models are only sold as a hatch, though drivers can choose between a 2-door model and a 4-door. While we’re not sure when the updated Yaris will go on sale, our best bet is sometime this year as a 2015 model.

What it means to you: An updated Toyota Yaris will offer refreshed styling inside and out, along with new features such as LED running lights.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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