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Refreshed Euro-Spec 2015 Toyota Yaris Could Preview Updates

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/22/2014 Alex Nishimoto

The European-spec 2015 Toyota Yaris has been unveiled, revealing a minor facelift along with improvements inside the cabin and underneath the skin. Although this exact version won't make it to our shores, it could preview the changes our Yaris will be getting when it arrives later this year.

Taking styling cues from the Aygo that debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the European Yaris now has a similar "X" cross-shaped front grille, though it's not as dramatic as the one seen on the Aygo. The "X" separates the redesigned upper and lower front grille, and Toyota says this look is all part of its "Under Priority" and "Keen Look" design language. Around back, the subcompact boasts revised LED taillights, a new diffuser in the rear bumper, and a redesigned license plate surround. Thanks to customer feedback, the Japanese automaker focused on making the cabin roomier with higher-quality materials, while giving customers more options in terms of color choices and equipment. Toyota also says the Yaris boasts a quieter cabin. Underneath the skin, the automaker revised the suspension to improve comfort and handling, though the engines remain untouched. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

These updates could help paint a better picture of what we can expect for our new Yaris, but we've previously reported that Mazda will begin assembling a Toyota-branded subcompact based on the Mazda2, which makes us wonder if this car will be coming here after all. The new subcompact will reportedly be all Toyota on the outside, but all Mazda underneath the hood with the 1.3-liter Skyactiv I-4 engine. Some interior design elements will also be from Mazda.

Production of the Toyota subcompact vehicle at Mazda's plant in Mexico is scheduled to begin between April 2015 and March 31, 2016, so where that leaves the refreshed Japan-built Yaris is uncertain.

Below are photos of the Aygo and U.S.-spec 2014 Toyota Yaris

Source: Toyota

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