Toyota PH debuts refreshed Yaris for the 2018 model year

December 21, 2017

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) made sure to end 2017 on a high note with its recent introduction of the updated Yaris. Slated as a 2018 model, the subcompact hatchback sports a more stylish exterior and a much refined interior.

At a glance, one can immediately notice the new Yaris’ redesigned front end. It looks a tad more aggressive due to its sleeker pair of swept-back headlights, more angular grille, and that gaping radiator air intake dominating the redesigned bumper.

On the side, changes were minimal at best. With that said, it’s worth noting that the front and rear portions were made slightly more aerodynamic because of the better rounded bumpers. TMP also fitted it with a new set of 15-inch alloy wheels. The back end, on the other hand, gets highlighted by a more sizable rear window, redesigned tail lights, and restyled bumper to complete the look.

Available in 3 kinds, the Yaris’ range-topping trim called the 1.5S ups the styling ante with red accents on the grille, projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lights. It also comes with an exclusive new color called Citrus Mica Metallic, which is feature here.

To us, this style treatment makes it compete in “pogi points” with the top-of-the-line Vios subcompact sedan. But its mid- and entry-level variants (1.3E AT and 1.3E MT, respectively) are not far behind in style as well.

Hopping in the new Yaris, one is greeted with a redesigned interior motif. The most defining change is the dashboard which, to us, evokes a more intuitive feel to it. The 1.5S trim even comes with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters which can be used by activating its Sport Drive mode (hence the S on its name) for that extra bit of fun on the road.

Occupants can also enjoy journeys with its 7-inch touch screen infotainment system. This comes with CD, MP3, AM/FM radio, USB, and Aux support. Aside from its Bluetooth and voice command function, the system supports iOS and Android devices, and is available on all 3 trim levels.

When it comes to safety, the 2018 Yaris comes standard with 7 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, and Vehicle Stability Control, among others.

The 2018 Toyota Yaris’ engine choice remains as is. It still comes with a 1.5L 4-cylinder mill that produces 105 hp and 141 Nm of torque. The 1.3L version, meanwhile, maxes out at 97 hp and 121 Nm. Both engines are available with a CVT, but the smaller one gets the optional 5-speed manual.

Finally, TMP says that it’s now selling the 2018 Yaris at P P1,006,000 for the 1.5S. The 1.3E AT and 1.3E MT, on the other hand, are stickered at P877,000 and P825,000, respectively. Do note that these suggested retail prices will most likely be adjusted come next year once the new excise tax reform takes effect.

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.