Toyota’s Yaris light hatch has come in for a 2015 model-year makeover, hitting Australian showrooms this week.
First revealed in May, the new-look Yaris hatch features a front-end styling overhaul, interior updates and a simplified model range.
A key change for 2015 is the deletion of the three-door model from the range, meaning the updated Yaris hatch is only available in Australia as a five-door. (The sedan will continue unchanged.)
There’s changes underneath the Yaris too with a stiffer body and retuned suspension, while the standard equipment list is now longer.
All hatch models now come with a reversing camera, cruise control and 15-inch wheels, along with a 6.1-inch touch screen designed to function like a tablet with ‘drag’ and ‘flick’ touch commands.
Other new features include flashing hazard warning lamps under heavy braking, steering wheel-mounted telephone controls and two additional speakers for the audio system (six speakers in total).
The new range kicks off with the 63kW/121Nm 1.3 litre four-cylinder Ascent, priced from $15,690 plus on-roads.
Toyota says while the price has risen around $600 over the outgoing YR variant, the updated model offers over $2000 in extra value.
Stepping up to the 80kW/141Nm SX (replacing the YRS), priced from $17,790, adds fog lamps and privacy glass for the rear and side windows.
Ascent and SX customers have the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The range is now headlined by the ZR variant (the YRX hatch has been dropped), with prices starting from $22,690 plus on-roads.
The ZR also gets the 1.5 litre engine along with self-levelling LED headlamps, the ‘Toyota Link’ infotainment system, a rear spoiler and side skirts - but is only available with the automatic transmission.
"The latest update to Yaris hatch will broaden its appeal, making it even more compelling as a stylish, affordable and economical car that promises to deliver a lot of fun to its owners," Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, said.
"Standard reversing camera, cruise control and seven airbags emphasise the car's inherent safety. Clever features such as innovative storage spaces, a large touch-screen audio display and available connected mobility make the new-look Yaris an even smarter choice for customers."
Colour choices for the updated Yaris have also changed with the addition of Vivid Yellow, Aura Blue and Tidal Blue paint finishes as part of a nine-colour range.
The 2015 Toyota Yaris hatch is now on sale, with models for Australian customers to be built in Japan.
Toyota’s $130 capped-price servicing program is included for the first three years or six scheduled services.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Ascent - from $15,690
- SX - from $17,790
- ZR (auto only) - $22,690
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