Sunday, December 17, 2017

Toyota Updates Yaris for 2018 with Added Tech, Safety Features (w/ Specs)


Toyota Motor Philippines is closing the year by introducing a midcycle refresh of its Yaris sub-compact hatchback in time for 2018. The 2018 Vios-based 5-door hatchback sports refresher aesthetics inside and out as well as additional convenience and safety features.

As far as refreshes go, the 2018 Yaris goes very far. The most prominent design feature, the handle bar moustache grille, is now gone. Replacing it is a more rounded front-end with large lower grille reminiscent of a smiling face. Its “eyes” are also new—rounded halogen headlights while the “dimples” house the front fog lights, which are now standard across the range. And while the blacked-out C-pillar remains, the rear tailgate, bumpers, and taillamps are all new. A shark’s fin antenna and new alloy wheel designs complete the changes.


For 2018, the G variant bids goodbye and replacing it is the new S variant. The 1.5 S is differentiated from the lesser 1.3 E variant thanks to its projector-type headlights, red accents in its grille, LED daytime running lights, side mirror-mounted turn indicators, and rear LED taillights.

Under the hood, the Yaris continues to offer a choice between two engines, both of which remain unchanged. Offering a 4-cylinder double overhead cam with Dual VVT-i layout, the The 1NR-FE engine in the 1.3 E generates 98 horsepower and 123 Nm of torque while the 2NR-FE in the 1.5 S does 107 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. The 1.3 E is available in both manual (5-speed) and automatic flavors, while the 1.5 S is available solely with an automatic with changeable drive modes: ECO and SPORT, and paddle shifters. The automatic variants use a CVT.


The rest of the mechanical package remains unchanged for 2018 as well. The Yaris continues to rides on front Independent MacPherson Struts and a rear Torsion Beam Axle suspension. The 1.5 S has disc brakes (ventilated in the front) on all four corners, while the 1.3 E has rear drums. The tire size is also unchanged at 185/60 R 15.

Like its exterior, the 2018 Yaris gets a substantial upgrade inside. Apart from the new dashboard design, it gets new gauges (with controllable illumination) and a 7-inch touchscreen display audio system with Bluetooth, Voice Control, and Weblink. It’s also said to be compatible with Apple CarPlay. The 1.5 S impresses with standard features that include a smart keyless entry with push-start system, automatic climate control, additional speakers (a total of 6), and power folding mirrors.


Committed to safety, the 2018 Yaris is also equipped with a wide array of safety features. Standard on both the 1.3 E and 1.5 S are 7 airbags, anti-lock brakes, and vehicle stability control. The stability control system also incorporates a Hill Start Assist function as well.

The 2018 Yaris is now available for pre-orders at all Toyota dealerships with the following prices: 1.3 E M/T – P 825,000; 1.3 E A/T – P 877,000; and 1.5 S – P 1,006,000. Customer deliveries start by January 2018.

Available colors are: Freedom White, Attitude Black, Orange Metallic (all variants), Thermalyte, Red Mica Metallic (1.3 E), Gray Metallic, and Citrus Mica Metallic (1.5 S).


44 comments:

  1. holy... that top tier trim is corolla money... this is priced with the new tax scheme already yes?

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    1. I don't think the excise tax has been figured in this yet.

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  2. 4 Speed A/T? I thought the previous Yaris had CVT?

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    1. Hence our disclaimer in the article itself. The spec sheet though that was provided to us indicated a 4-speed AT.

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    2. Well the CVT is actually more boring than the 4-Speed gear box i would prefer the 4 speed kaso new tech at mas maganda nga naman rin kasi siya sa fuel efficiency

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    3. You can't have everything in life ika nga haha. My bad sorry reading without my eyeglasses.

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    4. Hindi ba CVT, 7 speed?

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    5. CONFIRMED: Toyota says it has a CVT. We've corrected the spec sheet they've given us ourselves :-p

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  3. pra s 1.3.magkaiba ba ang dual vvti ng vios sa dual vvti ng yaris?d ba naging 99ps ang vios nung nag dual vvti(from 85ps for vvti only)?

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    1. Oo ngA. Measly 85ps? Bka typo din dbA dual vvti 99ps n?

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    2. The error is from the spec sheet they provided. We corrected it to reflect 99 ps.

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  4. Who the hell would buy this incompetent subcompact from Toyota? The Honda City and Mazda 2 are far the better choices. It's 2018 and 4AT, fabric seats and an ugly design plus bland interior for more than 1m? Toyota is fooling a lot of willing fools. And you buy this due to reliability and available spare parts? Every modern car today is as reliable as Toyota as long as you follow the proper pms schedule and while Toyota's spare parts are widely available, the price is similar to other brands. So in the end, you gain nothing. Disregard those fat pig auto journalists that tell you that you can never go wrong with a Toyota, and their peace of mind bs. You'll end up with an inferior product.

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    1. really? inferior? at the end of the day Toyota is still selling well worldwide!

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    2. You might be right in saying that the Honda City and Mazda 2 are better choices. But calling a Toyota an inferior product, I don't think so. Toyota may be the safe and boring choice (though nowadays they are pushing for more exciting cars) but they are still very reliable and easy to maintain.

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    3. They sell well because people see them as a safe bet which it really is. Actually, any jap car is as reliable as a Toyota given proper maintenance and easy to maintain as well. What is the difference in maintaining a Honda Jazz and a Toyota Yaris?

      Anyway, I have to give them credit for the facelifted Altis. It looks better now but this Yaris is the opposite of that. Also, if you compare it's equipment level to the Jazz and especially to the Mazda 2, it is inferior. Have you taken a look inside the 2017 mazda 2? It's light years away from the new Yaris.

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    4. The Mazda 2 Hatchback and Sedan looks bare and the prices of it are ridiculous!The New Yaris is bigger,better and loaded with safety equipment.

      Honda overpriced the top of the line Jazz.

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    5. All are pretty overpriced. Once you reach 1M, you can already consider compact cars like the altis and civic. Hell you can even get the base ford focus with a 1.5L turbo already.

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    6. Looks bare? Personally, I don't like the wheels on the V+ model but the RS and the premium series are drop dead gorgeous. If you compare equipment levels and the quality, the Mazda 2 trumps over the Toyota Yaris miles away. That said, I commend Toyota for it's suite of airbags. However, comparing the overall value and quality, the better one is the Mazda 2. Seriously, how is the Yaris any better as a product compared to the Mazda 2 other than the full suite of airbags? Outdated 4AT, weak engine, ugly exterior, cheap interior, fabric seats, no LED headlights, inferior fuel injection system, no telescopic adjustment, no auto headlamps, fake sporty pretensions, etc. If you personally felt and drove the Mazda 2, you'll never want the Yaris ever.

      I agree that the jazz totl is overpriced, due to Honda's pricing strategy to price their cars slightly more expensive than competitors but it offers tons of space and practicality than the "bigger and better" Yaris.

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    7. ^
      Kulit naman nito. Sabing CVT nga, hindi 4AT. Tanga.

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  5. How about for its sedan brother? Will there be a refresh anytime soon for the Vios?

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    1. From what we heard, some time 2018 for the 2019 model year.

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  6. 7 airbags,fog lamps and even a hill start assist for the poverty pack manual model. Sign me up.

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  7. Have to give credit to Toyota for putting at least 6 airbags across the range. This started with the current Corolla Altis. Most carmakers only have 6 airbags on their top of the line sub compacts and compacts. On the opposite end is Nissan. Top of the line Xtrail, Navarra, Sylphy, and Almera only have 2 airbags.

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    1. Hopefully this will start the trend to equip ALL cars with ALL available safety features. It's somewhat wrong in my view, that you're missing some safety tech just because you can't afford the range topper.

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    2. I also do hope other manufacturers will follow Toyota in the safety features like all around airbags across the range. Other tech & convenience features like back up camera, touch screen entertainment system and the like we can make up to it by way of aftermarket customization, but for the safety features its hard to make compromises.

      Speaking of Nissan, I was overwhelmed by the tech they put in the Xtrail, features that can normally be found in cars costing 2M or more, but was disappointed to know that it only has 2 airbags.

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    3. And perhaps the government should set some standards as well. Maybe its the market din - the average Juan is more keen on bling and gadgets than lifesaving features.

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  8. Overlapping advertisement of Oppo, Security Bank, and Gardenia. Ayos

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    1. Apologies. We're fixing that right now.

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    2. Thank you, Uly! This site is very responsive. Thumbs up!

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  9. Toyota Yaris in 4 Variants

    1.3 E Manual
    1.3 E Automatic
    1.5 G Automatic
    1.5 S Automatic

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  10. Specifications for Toyota Yaris

    15 Inch Alloy Wheels (2-Tone for 1.5 Variants)
    Projector LED Headlamps (1.5 S)
    Projector Halogen Headlamps (1.5 G)
    4 Lamp Multi Reflector Halogen (1.3 E)
    Front Fog Lamps (All Variants)
    Rear Foglamp (1.5 Variants)
    Daytime Running Lights (All Variants)
    Front Grille: Sport with Red Accent (S Variant), Chrome (G Variant) Resin (E Variant)
    Outside Rear View Mirror (Sport with Side Turn Lamp, S Variant) (Color Keyed with Side Turn Lamp, G Variant) Color Keyed (E Variant)
    Rear Combination Lamp: LED Line Guide Type (1.5 Variants)

    Seat Material: Sports Fabric for S Variant and Fabric for G and E Variants)
    Optitron Gauge for 1.5 Variants, Analog Gauge for 1.3 Variants

    Starting System: Push Start for S Variants (Rotary Mechanical for G and E Variants)
    AC System (Automatic Climate Control for 1.5 Variants; Manual for 1.3 Variants)
    GPS Navigation (All Variants)
    Reverse Camera (All Variants)
    Clearance and Back Sonar (1.5 Variants)
    Light Control System: With + Follow Me Home System (1.5 Variants)
    Wireless Doorlock: Smart Entry with Speed Sensing Doorlock (S Variant), With Speed Sensing Doorlock (G and E Variants)

    for all variants
    SRS Airbag: Driver + Passenger + Side + Curtain Shield + Driver Knee
    Driver Assist: Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Brake Assist
    Emergency Stop Signal
    Vehicle Security System: with Immoblizer and Alarm

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    1. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there are only 3 variants of the Yaris. The 1.3 E M/T and A/T and the 1.5 S A/T. That's according to the latest spec sheet I received from Toyota.

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    2. Sayang po talaga ung 1.5 G Variant na Yaris.

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  11. So the lowly Yaris has a touchscreen and at least 6 airbags, while the 2.3 million Sorento has a 1990s radio and only has 2 airbags. Value?

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    1. I also wonder why the Koreans still choose to equip their cars with old school radio. Not a deal breaker but a bit hard to accept. Imagine even Mirage, Wigo etc offer touch screen audio and cars costing over a million don't.

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    2. Guess economics factor in too. The Koreans don't enjoy the same perks as the Japanese do. And to keep their price within striking distance of common Juans, the infotainment, alloys and to an extent, safety systems, are the first to go.

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  12. The same Yaris model sold in UAE is equipped with stepless transmission MULTIDRIVE 7S. This model is probably sourced from Thailand also. http://www.toyota.ae/new-cars/yaris-hatchback/

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  13. Guys, Toyota has confirmed. It has a CVT and not a 4-speed AT. Toyota sent a spec sheet with that error. We have corrected the story to reflect that.

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    1. The engine output for the 1.3 E though, no error there? The previous dual VVT-i put out 99ps, if I recall correctly.

      Unless they de-tuned this engine?

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    2. They issued a correction for that one as well. They’re recalling the brochures they had printed actually hahaha 😂

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  14. Sir Uly. Nalito po ako ng husto sa Specs Eh bukod dun sa makina at transmission eh. Hehehe =)

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    1. The spec sheet they gave had errors. We uploaded a new one (which still contained some errors) so we edited the photo ourselves.

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  15. Wow! Automatic Climate control! That's a first for toyota subcompact vehicles �� Hopefully this is also equipped in the New Vios ��

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