Body style: Hatchback
Production years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
The small city car proved to be one of the most fuel-efficient options on the market, and Toyota introduced the facelifted Yaris in 2008.
Both the 5-door and the 3-door hatchback body styles were refreshed in terms of exterior design and mechanicals.
The carmaker had to work and add some changes to the drivetrain and fit the car within the Euro 5 emission limits, which were mandatory from January 2009.
At the front, Toyota changed the headlights with clear-glass covers and introduced a mesh-grille design. Depending on the trim level and options, the carmaker installed fog-lights at the bottom of the front bumper or just left black caps instead of them. In the rear, the taillights received a slightly modified design. Toyota offered the Yaris range with a choice of 12 colors, including a new "Ash-Brown."
Inside, the carmaker completely changed the dashboard. It moved the instrument cluster in front of the driver, while its predecessor it installed in the middle of the dash. Toyota made some changes to the upholstery and added a few colors to the options list. A few silver trims around the center stack, steering wheel, and gear-stick enhanced the interior look.
For the drivetrain, Toyota installed a new 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i gasoline engine under the Yaris' hood. To further reduce the CO2 emissions, it added the "Stop&Start" technology. It was paired as standard to a 5-speed manual while an automated gearbox was on the options list.