Unlike the previous major facelift, this round of updates are limited to only cosmetic changes.
Earlier in May 2020, the 3rd generation XP150 Toyota Yaris facelift which is also marketed as Vios in various markets surfaced the internet indicating an imminent launch of the vehicle that debuted in its current guise in Thailand as Yaris Ativ back in 2017. Now Toyota is all set to launch the new Yaris/ Vios XP150 facelift which will make its debut in Philippines on the 25th of July. While the Toyota Vios in Malaysia is offered only with a 1.5-litre engine, buyers in the Philippines gets 2 engine options to choose from; a 1.3-litre engine and a 1.5-litre engine. Both engines will be carried over to the facelift and will still be paired to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT. Inside, it is said that Toyota has made changes to the fabric upholstery. Other changes might include an upgraded infotainment system that allows Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity.
Changes up front include downturned trapezoidal grille flanked by redesigned bumper with narrow vertically oriented air inlets underlined by a body-colored spoiler. The facelift also gets new LED reflector headlights, with integrated L-shaped daytime running lights. Although the rear isn’t revealed at this stage however it will get a slightly redesigned rear bumper with enhanced tail lights, plus there will be new set of alloys as well as new interior trim and upholstery.
Reportedly there will be no engine & mechanical upgrades as the XP150 will make use of the same engines & transmission options carried over from the pre-facelift models depending on the market where it’s offered.
Pakistan just saw the launch of the XP150 Yaris pre-facelift the sales of which are yet to pick up momentum as COVID-19 badly affected the launch of Toyota’s newest sedan in our market. And while the XP150 facelift will soon begin reaching other markets, it’s highly unlikely for us to get the facelift any time soon.