Daihatsu has filed a patent (application number A00202204663) with Indonesia’s Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP), for a new sedan that is based on the all-new 4th gen Toyota Yaris/ Vios.
Built on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform, the latest Yaris/ Vios has since made its way to Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei as well as the Middle East. Although Daihatsu is not confirming anything as of yet, the patent images suggest that the automaker may offer a more affordable version of the Yaris/ Vios.
Depending on the market it is sold in, the 4th gen Toyota Yaris/ Vios sedan is available with engines from the NR family with displacement ranging from 1.2L to 1.5L paired with either a 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox. It’s unclear at this stage whether Daihatsu’s version will make use of the same powerplants or will have a different engine/ transmission doing the duty.
Patent images of Daihatsu’s yet unnamed sedan
It should be of no surprise since there are currently several Toyota and Daihatsu models that share ties such as the Daihatsu Rocky/ Toyota Raize, Daihatsu Ayla/ Toyota Agya, Daihatsu Sigra/ Toyota Calya, Daihatsu Xenia/ Toyota Avanza as well as the Daihatsu Terios/ Toyota Rush. Daihatsu also sells a rebadged Toyota Camry in its home market, labeled as Daihatsu Altis. Plus various other Toyota & Daihatsu cars are badge engineered in Japan such as Daihatsu Mira/ Toyota Pixis, Daihatsu Boon/ Toyota Passo, and Daihatsu Storia/ Toyota Duet, etc.
Daihatsu’s supposedly more affordable version of the new Yaris is expected to make its appearance during the first half of this year. However, its availability outside of the Indonesian market cannot be confirmed at this stage.
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