Thanks to Toyota’s new ‘Waku-Doki’ design expression, they’re now able to come up with cars that can turn heads. One such example is the 86. But this is not limited to coupes and sports cars, because they too can build good looking hatchbacks and you’re looking at their newest one.
What you see here is the all-new Yaris from Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP). Sure, it may not be as exciting as an 86, but it’s a lot better than the boring stuff Toyota built a decade ago. Seriously, check out the photos and find out your for yourself. You have to admit, they’ve definitely created something that’ll get people’s attention on the road. We’re just not so sure what to think of those Ford Focus-inspired tail lights. The rest of the car, however, checks out just fine.
Size-wise, it’s roughly 5% bigger than the model it technically replaces. Heck they’ve stretched it out to 4,115 mm, which easily makes this new Yaris 315 mm longer and have 77 mm more leg room. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Now, here’s the interesting part. If you take a closer look at the interior, you’ll probably notice that it’s identical from the one found in the Vios, except all the plastics here come in black. That’s because the all-new Yaris is based on the same platform, thus it’ll be much simpler if they simply carried over the dashboard, seats, radio, steering wheel, and trims from the sedan onto this hatchback.
Naturally, the all-new Yaris also inherits the engine options and variants of the Vios. The 1.3E, which still has 85 hp, comes with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto gearbox and are priced at P720,000 and P755,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, the 1.5E is only available with an auto slushbox. But for P845,000, it gets you 107 hp, 4-wheel disk brakes, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, projector headlamps, and power folding side mirrors.
Honestly, we don’t think that the all-new Yaris is not the prettiest hatchback out in the market right now. It’s pretty, but just not the prettiest. However, what it lacks in outright beauty it makes up for with its build quality, reliability, and value for money.