Last year, we complained that there were only 2 Japanese hatchbacks available in Malaysia. That is no longer the case! Toyota has returned to the hatchback scene with the locally-assembled Yaris with an unbelievable price of just RM70,888 for the base model.
And if that price isn’t enticing enough, there’s even talk of a Toyota Capital financing scheme of below RM700 a month for the first 5 years of ownership.
The Yaris, like its Vios cousin is introduced in Malaysia in three trim levels. All models come with a 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine and a CVT.
If enough of us ask for a manual, UMW Toyota will considering bringing one in. Here’s the model lineup at launch:
- Yaris 1.5G – RM83,888
- Yaris 1.5E – RM76,888
- Yaris 1.5J – RM70,888
Here’s what each of those trim levels bring:
- LED Daytime Running Light (DRL)
- Headlamp With Follow Me Home Function
- Fabric With Blue Stitching
- 7 SRS Airbags
- VSC & TRC
- Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
- Smart Entry & Push Start System
- 2X USB Charging Ports
- Rear 60:40 Split Folding Seats
- CVT with 7-speed Sequential Shiftmatic
- 4 Cylinder,16-Valve DOHC, Dual VVT-i
- Alarm System with Cabin Sensor & Tilt Sensor
- 16″ Alloy Rims
- LED Rear Combi Lamp
- 6.8″ DVD-AVX with USB Mirroring
- Blind Spot Monitor with RCTA
- Front Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
- Panoramic View Monitor
- Auto Fold Wing Mirror
- SPORT mode & ECO mode
- Auto Air-Conditioning
- 4.2″ Optitron Multi Information Display (MID) with TFT
- Rear Disc Brakes
- Electrochromic Rear View Mirror
- Steering Switch (Audio, MID & BT)
For more on the Toyota Yaris, read the Press Release below.
UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT), the exclusive authorised importer and distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, is pleased to announce the launch of the All-new Toyota Yaris in Malaysia today. The model is the second vehicle, after the all-new Toyota Vios, to come from UMWT’s new assembly plant at Bukit Raja in Klang, Selangor. As a new addition to the Toyota range in Malaysia, it demonstrates the company’s support for the government’s desire to see increased localisation of vehicle production.
Announcing the launch of the All-new Toyota Yaris, Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor said; “It has been a while since the last time UMW Toyota Motor have a hatchback model in our line-up. The last Toyota Yaris was sold between year 2006 until 2012 which was a CBU from Japan and was competitively priced. There were more than 1000 units of the Yaris sold at that time.
He also said, “Consumer preferences has changed. We now see that many customers, especially from the younger generation like the hatchbacks because they represent a sportier image. Looking at the trend, we decided to reintroduce the Yaris to our model line-up. Yaris will be UMW TOYOTA MOTOR’S FIRST Completely Knocked Down (CKD) hatchback produced at our new Bukit Raja manufacturing plant.”
According to Mr. Ravindran K., this new addition to the Toyota range also demonstrates the company’s support towards the government’s aspiration for better localisation in vehicle production.
The All-new Toyota Yaris is available in three variants – Yaris 1.5G, Yaris 1.5E and Yaris 1.5J. In keeping with its sporty character, there are 5 bold exterior colours, including its signature colour the Citrus Mica Metallic. The other choices are Super White II, Red Mica Metallic, Attitude Black and Silver Metallic.
On-the-Road selling price of All-new Yaris for private registration in Peninsular Malaysia are:-
Yaris 1.5G – RM83,888
Yaris 1.5E – RM76,888
Yaris 1.5J – RM70,888
The All-new Toyota Yaris has been designed with a class-above, high-status image. Unlike the typical hatchback which is more box-like, the Yaris profile is sleek and streamlined with an advanced and sporty design.
Its bold design comes with refined styling that gives a unique identity. When visualizing the cabin of the All-new Toyota Yaris, the designers sought to provide a minimalist look that would create a sense of roominess that’s greater than its actual size.
High-quality materials are used throughout the cabin and for the seats, the upholstery has accent colours to emphasize the sportiness and individuality of the model. When maximum cargo space is required, both backrests can be folded flat, extending the boot floor so that long items can be carried.
To maximise value for money, the new Yaris is comprehensively equipped with a number of features to make each journey more enjoyable. It has Auto Air Conditioning, DVD-AVX ksystem with a 7-inch touchscreen display that comes with USB mirroring for connectivity and Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) for a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the vehicle.
Storage spaces are a necessity in a car, more so in this age where people carry portable devices and also require places to put their drink containers. The All-new Toyota Yaris offers many such storage spaces for front and rear occupants. There is also a 12V socket and 2 USB ports for powering or recharging multiple devices for drivers and passengers’ convenience.
The All-new Toyota Yaris comes with the 2NR-FE 1.5-litre engine, a proven 4-cylinder DOHC power plant with Dual VVT-i. It is tuned for outstanding fuel efficiency and smooth delivery of power and torque.
All variant comes with a 7-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic transmission. This has a manual mode to allow the driver to make selections of the 7 speeds in the CVT for quicker response. A Drive Mode Switch allows the driver to priorities fuel efficiency or stronger performance.
The All-new Toyota Yaris has been evaluated by ASEAN NCAP with the maximum of 5 stars. This rating applies to all variants as they have the main Active and Passive Safety features that are required by ASEAN NCAP for the maximum rating.
The features include 7 SRS airbags and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRC) and Hill-start Assist (HAC). Other standard features include electrochromic rear-view mirror and a Drive Mode switch. Safety is further enhanced with a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, DVR with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) & Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
For a total Peace of Mind, owners of the new Yaris can enjoy motoring during the full 5 years warranty. There is no limitation on mileage traveled after original registration so the owner gets the full 5 years of coverage.