Toyota’s Yaris has seen slow sales in the compact car segment, with buyers just not quite taking to the tidy little hatchback model despite the brand’s reputation for high quality. Though the Yaris was just redesigned for 2013, spy photos reveal a heavily refreshed model that will likely debut later in 2014 for the 2015 model year.
Visual changes include more flair thanks to an updated honeycomb mesh grille, a redesigned front end and new available xenon headlamps, which will probably only find their way onto higher trim levels due to cost.
As for powertrains, the current model’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder will carry over next year with likely the same as its current 106-horsepower output, though a more sophisticated 6-speed automatic or CVT will likely replace the current 4-speed automatic unit, as the Yaris has fallen behind the class leaders in the all-important fuel efficiency race. The current 2014 car attains 30 city and 37 highway MPG.
Later in 2015, Toyota is widely expected to reveal a successor to the Yaris for the 2016 model year, now possibly featuring an optional sedan model and an all-new name. That model may share its underpinnings with the next-gen Mazda2 through a partnership between the two automakers.