Body style: Hatchback
Production years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
After three years on the market, the Yaris went through some significant changes that completely revamped the small-sized Toyota vehicle.
Despite being well-known for its built quality, Toyota struggled to get a better market share in Europe due to the fierce competition against local carmakers. Apart from the premium manufacturers, all the other brands had something to offer in the B-segment.
While the Japanese carmaker was known for its reliable vehicles, it still had to struggle in the small-size segment. In Europe, it faced grueling competition from the German, French, Italian, and Spanish brands. Even though its customers were satisfied with the car, they still needed something more than just a nameplate; they needed a fresh look. And that's why Toyota came in 2014 with the upgraded version of the Yaris' third generation.
The most significant change in the car's appearance was at the front. Toyota's design team completely changed the front fascia, which now featured an X-shaped design emphasized by two chromed trims that ran across the grille and the lower bumper. In addition, the new headlights looked even sharper than before and were more extended to the sides. From its profile, the little three-door Yaris got longer doors than its five-door version, and for the rear passengers, it installed narrower windows.
Inside, the dashboard was completely redesigned, and the driver's instrument binnacle has been restyled for a slimmer look. On the center stack, the carmaker offered an option for a 7" touch-screen display for the infotainment unit, up from the 6.1" of its predecessor. As for the interior decorations, the carmaker offered new upholstery and colors.
Under the hood, the carmaker kept some of its older engines but ditched the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel in favor of a smaller 1.4-liter unit. In addition, a new hybrid version was available.