After being updated for the Japanese home market (where it’s named Vitz) and for the European region, the 2018 Yaris arrived with its refresh in time for the North American premiere at the New York Auto Show.
The model isn’t going to be making the headlines at the Big Apple show – not with models such as the Lincoln Navigator or the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon “running” around. There’s a point to be taken here by the Japanese automaker – they aren’t offering in North America the three-door performance version that appeared in Euro-spec as a tribute to the WRC model. Shame. Anyways, the simple, affordable Yaris is coming to New York with all the bells and whistles of the facelift – a rework of the front end that includes the removal of the plastic bits that linked the grille to the headlights, which alongside the pointed noise lends it a love or hate approach from customers.
The back is way better, with new taillights that extend onto the hatch now. Inside, the North American version comes with the instrument cluster from the SE model, three gauges and a small LCD screen. A little underwhelming – L and LE models pack a 6-inch touchscreen display for infotainment while the SE models boast a bigger 7 inch screen – though neither come with today’s prerequisite Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Power comes from the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder good for just 106 horsepower, linked to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. At least you get the Safety Sense Suite with pre-collision system and lane-departure alert as a standard perk on all trim versions.