As of its introduction in India in 2018, the Toyota Yaris sedan is set to receive its first facelift. For other developing markets, a patent filed for the 2021 Yaris hatchback shows the structural improvements we might foresee on the India-spec sedan.
The restyled front bumper is the key upgrade to the current Yaris. For several respects it is an upside-down variant of the existing Yaris front end dimensions and style patterns. For a more sporty feel, the air dam is now narrower at the top and wider at the edge, complete with front fog lamp housings which feel like air curtains. Its headlamp structure and grille appear unchanged but with incorporated LED DRLs, the arrangement of the elements (most definitely LEDs now) within the headlamps is new.
The Yaris facelift will not alter the design. The hatchback has the same lines of character as used on Indian sedan layout. Since the patent is for the hatchback, it doesn’t provide much of an understanding of the structural improvements that can be anticipated at the sedan’s rear end.
Toyota with the Yaris facelift in India, is unlikely to bring any improvements to the car. The sedan with up to seven airbags, front positioning sensors, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (optional), climate control and rain-sensing wipers is now a feature-rich package. This could even have an upgraded infotainment interface with the latest technologies of connected car software.