You’ve probably noticed the trend by now. Toyota Indonesia is dropping the TRD Sportivo name in favor of GR Sport. Nearly all models in their lineup are now available with the GR Sport package – from the Wigo up to the Fortuner. Included in that rebranded lineup is the Yaris hatchback.
Toyota officially calls it the Yaris GR Sport. While that might be the case for the name, it’s not related to the GR Yaris hot hatch in any way. For starters, it’s based on the ASEAN-spec Yaris that we’ve come to know. The kit, which is comprised of a front lip, side skirt, and rear bumper extension, and rear spoiler, looks identical to the TRD Sportivo offered before. Like the other GR Sport models, it gets GR badging and stickers all around. No special GR Sport wheels here as the standard 16-inch units are carried over.
Inside, Toyota made some changes to the cabin. The most obvious would be the new seats with red contrast accents. There are more red accents on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, center armrest, and door sidings. A push-start button is also standard on the Yaris GR Sport. CVT models also come with paddle shifters for drivers that want to “manually” select gears.
As for the engine, power comes from a 1.5-liter inline-four with 107 PS and 140 Nm torque. Aside from the 7-speed CVT (no 10-speed CVT from the Vios GR-S), the other gearbox available is a 5-speed manual.
It may not have a turbocharged engine or all-wheel drive, but the Yaris GR Sport is more affordable and practical. In Indonesia, the sporty hatchback starts at IDR 268,800,000 (PHP 941,290) for the manual variant.
There’s no word yet whether Toyota Motor Philippines will offer the Yaris GR Sport locally together with the other new GR Sport models. But seeing what Toyota has to offer in Indonesia, do you think they should?