• Jul 25, 2012
This could be something or it could be nothing, but it's got us curious and we have no idea what it is. A site in China found what appear to be renderings of a three-door Toyota Yaris wearing an as-yet-unseen body kit and a Lexus-shaped grille. The changes are thorough, and alterations like the bulging fenders front and back and the deep skirting all-round indicate that they aren't taken casually. Of particular note is the spindle grille lifted from the Lexus design book and what looks like an aero element around the rear glass.

Theories so far are that it is a concept for an upcoming Chinese auto show, a sportier Yaris production model that will be added to the lineup, a factory-installed kit or a tuner kit. Or it could have something to do with Toyota's return to the World Rally Championship. A company source has already cited the Yaris as the car that "makes sense," with Autoweek reporting it will be a "Yaris-based" entry even though the Yaris is too short according to the WRC regulations. One issue with that, though, is that the tiny, split-twin exhaust pipes make no sense for a WRC car; the Mini WRC car runs its pipes the same way, but they're huge. We will look out for more information on whatever kind of Yaris this might be.


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      Spartan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Presenting the "ALL NEW" Lexus YS150.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      "A site in China" ...has anyone thought that possibly this is renderings of a new Great Wall hatchback? Their i7 model is a knock-off of the previous Yaris/Vitz... this could be them just knocking-off the new Yaris/Vitz.
      Ferris Macau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Got my Yaris 3 dr in '07, I'm keeping it forever. Simple and light, that's the whole point.
      DarkKnight67
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am seriously enjoying the "crapping up" of Lexus with their we can stick a Lexus grille on anything and people will buy it attitude. It's the epitome of too much self assurance and not enough "what do the people" want that got GM in trouble.
        Dump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DarkKnight67
        I disagree, but understand your point of view. Lexus' main competitors have generated a lot of buzz with smaller vehicles around the world. Lexus just can't stick to the larger car/SUV sizes & be content. The brand must be aggressive and either stay close behind the industry leaders or take the lead. To do otherwise would put them where Mazda & Honda are today. GM has the luxury of having multiple brands to kinda spread the various vehicle categories where they fit best --- based on US preferences & perceptions. When it comes to major markets outside of the US, GM has to think like everybody else & kinda "fall in line" if they still want to be profitable & competitive. There's a market for just about everything all the carmakers build - somebody will buy it.
      Sims
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone remember the RWD hot hatch that Hiromu Naruse was developing right before he died? This could be it.
      Wacko
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is lexus the new lincoln
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gosh I hope not!
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha!
      DrifterZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      A super Yaris would be awesome. Go Vitz!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      WRC means a real race car. You guys will just be busy looking at it and talking about how it looks like a boring car to realize any WRC car is simply amazing. When the build a car for you they rip out all the performance and spend a lot of time on looks, sound, and creature comforts. When they build a car for racing they start with something around the right dimensions then they basically turn it in to a complete race car. Even still you guys would rather buy a Mustang/Camaro/Corvette over a car with 1000lbs less that has AWD and more horsepower. Idiots. You worry too much about looks and sound while missing out on real race cars.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I've never heard of patent renderings being filed for a race car.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Also, AWD isn't the be-all, end-all you seem to think it is. If you've got the engine and chassis to back it up, yeah, but if either or both of those elements are missing, it just drags fuel economy down.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      How to make an ugly car uglier... I hate the Yaris.
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