Toyota Malaysia (UMW Toyota Motor) has finally introduced the New Yaris, with a rather impactful tagline: Life needs a Y.  With the unveiling of the New Toyota Yaris, the model which is locally-assembled has gained a resurgence of sort in the sub-compact segment and the country. The model is build at Toyota’s new plant in Bukit Raja, Klang and targeted  at the Gen-Y and Millennial car buyers. At a starting price of just RM70,888, the 2019 Toyota Yaris could be a good choice over the local makes.

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New Toyota Yaris: Why Life needs a Y

With a youthful semblance and chic demeanor,  the New Yaris has an overall sporty outlook with sleek headlights, a curved hood and that hatchback impression. The exact term to describe the front is a ‘catamaran’ look which goes well with the slim headlights, LED DRLs (depending on variant) and LED rear lights. The rears come with horizontal combination lights, black garnish for some character.

For the Yaris 1.5G and 1.5E, the lightweight alloy rims are 16 inches with 195/50 tyres. They feature stepped spokes and machined details. The regular Yaris 1.5J comes with 15-inch alloy wheels  and 195/60 tyres.

Inside, the new sub-compact has a minimalist cabin with a center cluster, trimmed with chrome edges, You’ve got your 4.2-inch MID, Optitron instrument cluster, a start/stop switch, a unique a/c system for the Yaris G variant, and a DVD-AVX system with a 6.8-inch display with T-Link connectivity (Yaris G and E).

The New Yaris carries a 1.5l paired to CVT 7-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic transmission. With the Yaris 1.5G and 1.5E, there is also a drive mode selector.

As for the chassis, it is held by MacPhersons at the front and a T beam at the rear.  While the safety pack comes with 7 SRS airbags, parking sensors and ISOFIX, along with all the customary assistive devices like Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), a Digital video recorder and Blind Spot Monitor (Yaris E and G).

The New Toyota Yaris is offered in three variants: Yaris J, Yaris E and Yaris G, at RM70,888, 76,888 and 83,888. Color options include Citrus Mica Metallic, Super White II, Red Mica Metallic, Attitude Black and Silver Metallic.