New Toyota Yaris Ativ facelift (Malaysia’s Vios) launched! ADAS and Apple CarPlay
Jerrica · Aug 19, 2020 01:22 PM
Yet another strong competitor has jumped into the mix of Thailand’s B-segment sedan market! Toyota Motor Thailand has launched the new 2020 Toyota Yaris Ativ 1.2L facelift. The Toyota Yaris Ativ in Thailand is sold in Malaysia as the Toyota Vios but with a different, larger 1.5-litre engine.
Cosmetically, the Yaris Ativ bares the same changes as the 2020 Toyota Vios facelift introduced in the Philippines last month. The Ativ will feature new automaticLED headlamps with follow-me-home system paired with stylish LED DRLs.
The new Yaris Ativ will also look sportier with new side and rear skirts. The higher-spec Yaris Ativ variants will also feature a gloss black rear spoiler. Toyota has also redesigned the 15-inch two-tone wheels to reflect a more modern look.
On the inside, Toyota has replaced the chrome bits with dark silver trims to give the Yaris Ativ an overall sportier look. The USB count in the car has also increased to two for rear passengers to stay connected as well.
Tech lovers rejoice! As the Yaris Ativ’s 6.7-inch touchscreen now supports Apple CarPlay connectivity. Other upgraded conveniences include automatic wipers and a new rear-view mirror with auto-dimming function.
The highlight of the facelifted Yaris Ativ is the inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense. Though not the full package, but the Yaris Ativ’s Lane Departure Alert (warning only, no assist) and Pre-Collision System (AEB) makes the sedan one of the safest cars in class.
Now that both Philippines and Thailand have upgraded their B-segment sedan fighter, perhaps the current-generation Toyota Vios in Malaysia is due in for an update soon as well.
With the all-new Honda City and Nissan Almera about to make its debut here, the Vios will be the oldest among the B-segment sedan trio. So, an update will be much needed.
The Yaris Ativ is not the only one that received a facelift this round, Toyota Motor Thailand also updated the Toyota Yaris hatchback!
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