Toyota has finally started road testing the next generation Yaris sedan as camouflaged test mule was spotted for the first time running on the roads of Thailand. Bear in mind this should not confuse you with the TNGA based 4th gen Yaris hatchback which debuted back in October 2019 and its performance version went on sale in January 2020.
As reported earlier, Toyota will launch the new Yaris (also marketed as Vios) starting from the ASEAN region which will replace the aging XP150 model which is around since 2013. Unlike all preceding Yaris generations, the new one won’t carry the XP codename (first-gen XP40, second-gen XP90, third-gen XP150) but will use code D92A. This is because Toyota will use the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform for the new Vios/ Yaris sedan. By using DNGA platform however, the next generation Vios/ Yaris sedan will get benefits such as weight savings, enhanced rigidity and improved safety.
Reportedly it will also borrow cues from the Daihatsu DN-F sedan concept previewed at the 2017 Gaikindo International Auto Show. However the test mule gives us a hint that final production version will be somewhat different than the concept car that was showcased almost 5 years ago. The spied image gives us hint of a large radiator grille up front, edged by new slim headlights. The somewhat rounded styling of the existing model is likely to be replaced by the angular surfaces with crisp lines.
Thai motoring media has already confirmed that the next generation Yaris (codenamed D92A) will debut in the third quarter (July – September) of 2022. Currently in Thailand, the XP150 series hatchback is marketed as Yaris while the sedan is sold as Yaris Ativ, however at this stage its not confirmed whether Toyota will launch a hatchback derivative of the upcoming D92A sedan.
As per reports, the new D92A sedan will initially get a 1.2L DOHC 16-valve, 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine under its hood, there won’t be a downsized 1.0L turbo as rumored earlier. Plus in 2023, in order to compete against the Honda City e:HEV hybrid, Toyota will launch a hybrid variant with 1.5L engine coupled with electric motor and Toyota’s new THS-II hybrid system.
Speculative renderings (by Theottle) of next generation Toyota Yaris sedan
Once launched in Thailand in Q3, 2022 the new Yaris will begin reaching other markets from 2023 onward. More information on the next generation Yaris sedan to be shared as & when available, stay tuned to CarSpiritPK.
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