Toyota’s upgraded Yaris will embark on a new era when it is released onto the South African market during the second half of this year.

Toyota Yaris

The images released today reveal a model which delivers greater emotional appeal by sporting Toyota’s signature front-end design, imbuing the newcomer with a more contemporary “family look” evident in cars like the Auris, Corolla and the all-new Aygo (not due in SA before 2015).

The new Yaris embraces Toyota’s contemporary design language with a full-width upper grille that extends into new triangular headlamps. It also incorporates a deeper front bumper with a large trapezoidal lower intake, which are key elements of Toyota’s design theme that are being introduced progressively across the range.

The upgrade also brings revised rear styling including new tail lamps as well as a raft of under-the-skin and interior mods – details will be released closer to the launch.

The range of powertrains is unchanged, with a 1.0- and 1.33-litre petrol engine as well as Toyota’s flagship full hybrid system on offer.