2021 Toyota Yaris facelift - new vs old, small price bump but what's new?
Sanjay · Nov 2, 2020 09:00 AM
UMW Toyota Motor has opened bookings for the 2021 Toyota Yaris facelift earlier this morning. There's been an approximately RM 1k+ bump across the range, so lets see what buyers will get for for the extra dosh.
Exterior - cleaner design
Most will agree that the new facelift is far easier on the eyes than the outgoing Yaris. Changes now include LED head lamps and daytime running lights (DRLs) across all three variants, and an aggressive front bumper that looks much simpler than before.
It still wears the pre-facelift's wheels and the rear end - including optional bodykit - isn't any different than its predecessor.
Interior - new features
The interior design should remain largely the same, barring updates to trims and upholstery. Those notwithstanding, the most notable addition is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support on its 7-inch touchscreen - a welcome feature to replace the clunky MirrorLink system.
It matters to you because MirrorLink is battery-sapping, since it relies on your phone's screen being on and in landscape mode in order for you to use it on the car's infotainment screen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay eliminates this problem.
Other than that, the new Yaris will come with an optional wireless charger (RM 550, available on all variants). This was not even an option in the predecessor.
Safety - there's ADAS now
Most potential buyers will look for active driver assistance systems (ADAS) when it comes to new cars, and if you're in that camp, you'll be happy to note the new Yaris will have it.
Included with the new Yaris is Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) with these features:
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
Front collision warning (FCW)
Lane departure alert (LDA)
Other features include:
3D 360-degree camera
Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (BSM, RCTA)
Front digital video recorder (DVR/dashcam)
Vehicle stability control (VSC)
Hill-start assist control (HAC)
Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (ABS, EBD)
Brake assist (BA)
What stays the same?
The usual - powertrain is expected to be the 2NR-VE, 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engine making 107 PS and 140 Nm paired to a CVT.
There'll also be an electrochromic rear-view mirror, drive mode switch (between Eco and Sport) and an Optitron meter with digital multi-info display.
Prices of the 2021 Toyota Yaris
2021 Toyota Yaris estimated price list
1.5 J (AT)
Price w/o SST, until 31-Dec 2020
Price w/ SST
Prices above are on-the-road, without insurance and roadtax.
How does it compare against the Honda Jazz?
It's easy to compare against its predecessor, but can the new Yaris hold a candle to the practical Honda Jazz? Read all about it here!
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.