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toyota finally takes up the fight in the b segment hatch wars

Toyota finally takes up the fight in the B-segment hatch wars

If the new Vios is anything to go by, the Yaris should be a long overdue wake-up call to the competition

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Dinesh Appavu

18 Apr 2019

Toyota has been glaringly lacking a hatchback in the B-segment here, allowing Honda’s Jazz to steal all the sales. Good thing that’s changed now as Toyota Malaysia just launched the new Yaris here that’s based on the Vios.

There’ll be three variants and pricing starts at RM70,888 for the base J, moves up to RM76,888 for the mid-level E and tops out at RM83,888 for the flagship G. All prices are on-the road without insurance and inclusive of an unlimited mileage five-year warranty. The Yaris will be assembled locally at Toyota’s new plant in Bukit Raja, Klang and holds the distinction of being the first CKD hatchback put together there.

Under the hood is an engine that’s familiar to Vios owners; the 2NR-FE 1.5-litre Dual VVT-I inline-four. It makes the same 106hp and 140Nm of torque that is sent to the front via a CVT with seven virtual ratios. Sports and Eco mode can only be had on the G and E.

Inside, it’s a similar story as the Yaris gets an identical dashboard to the Vios. There’s a DVD-AVX infotainment system with the 360-degree panoramic view monitor (G & E), Optitron instrument cluster with a 4.3-inch multi-info display, fabric seats, steering-mounted controls and rear USB charging ports. There are for the G spec.

All five colour options are available for every variant. The shades are Super White, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black, Red Mica Metallic, and the signature Citrus Mica Metallic that you’ve seen in most of the promotional material.

Safety kit is standard for all with ABS, EBD, BA, seven airbags, hill-start assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and Isofix anchorage points.

Equipment for the G checks in with projector halogen headlights and LED Taillights. It rides on 195/50R16 tyres. Other kit includes auto-folding wing-mirror with indicators, acoustic windshield and fog lamps on both ends. The E gets pretty much the same but the J rides on smaller 15-inch wheels and trades the projectors for reflectors while the taillights aren’t LED items as well and gone is the acoustic glass.

Inside, all get black fabric with blue stitching on the seats. Auto air-conditioning is for the G only with manual adjustment for the lower two trims. Only the J spec doesn’t get the DVD-AVX infotainment system though it can be optioned for extra when ordering.