While Japan and Europe already have an all-new Yaris, it seems that the ones we see here will be hanging around for a longer time. Recently, however, leaked patent photos of what could be a facelifted model of the Yaris have emerged. If these images are to be believed, it hints that this current generation could have about two or three years left in its life cycle.
By the looks of it, there won't be any big changes on the outside. From what we can tell, the car looks largely the same, but there are a few differences. Most of these updates can be seen at the front. The headlights and hood appear pretty much the same but the lower half of the grill has been slightly tweaked. Also, the lower air intake has been made slightly slimmer and taller than the ones you see on the road.
Other subtle differences? The patent image suggests that some models might come with LED headlights. If you look closer at the clusters, it seems to have reflectors seen in some cars with LED lighting. Also, the daytime running lights (DRLs) are no longer on the bumper and appear to be integrated into the headlight. Last but not least are the foglight housings, which seem to take a bit of inspiration from the all-new Corolla Altis.
There are some reports indicating that this might also be the GR Sport package for the Yaris. For now, it's too early to tell if it's a sportier version of the hatch or a facelift. It might even be a cosmetic Gazoo Racing package, given how Toyota is pushing the sporty sub-brand.
Of course, the only way we'll find out if this is true is if Toyota rolls out the car within this current model's life cycle. But as it is, the current Yaris is already a heavily facelifted version of the one sold here from 2014 to 2018. The platform itself is already seven years old, as it was first launched in Shanghai in April 2013.
So why hasn't Toyota released a Yaris for emerging markets? For now, we don't know the answer to that. Perhaps the new TNGA-based (Toyota New Global Architecture) Yaris for ASEAN, Latin America, and Chinese markets might be different from the ones seen in Europe.