September 26, 2023


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Refreshed Toyota Starlet Now On Sale In SA

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About two decades back Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) took the determination to introduce the Starlet to our market place. This new nameplate was brought in as a substitute for the Etios range (we included the newcomer at this link). Toyota SA has just launched a refreshed Toyota Starlet into the SA listings. We have been invited to master about the revised model and to get a quick to start with-hand taste in and about the town of Cape Town.

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New face and tail

The refreshed Toyota Starlet will be fairly noticeable to onlookers. It capabilities revised styling entrance and rear. The headlamps, bumper and grille are totally new on the hottest Starlet. Most noteworthy of the new products are the headlamps, which are flatter and wider. 

There’s an similarly massive alter at the rear end. The new taillamps are two-piece items that spill onto the vertical panel of the hatch. They are bolder and far more trendy in comparison to the former things. In addition there is a boot spoiler on the top of the rear window, switching the silhouette ever so slightly.

New inside, also

TSAM has additional to the conventional attributes record of the refreshed Toyota Starlet. The new record involves a touchscreen infotainment interface. The technique features USB, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. There is also a local climate handle system, helpful for Cape Town on an uncharacteristically heat winter’s working day. In addition, rear seat passengers also have their individual USB charging port.

Electrically operated home windows all round, rear parking sensors, Hill Help Handle (HAC), Car or truck Stability Control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are other mod-negatives that are now normal fare.

Most important modify of all

All derivatives inside the refreshed Starlet selection are equipped with a much larger 1,5-litre motor. The Starlet shares this device with the Urban Cruiser SUV. The new engine has an more 9 kW of energy, using the peak up to 77 kW, max torque improves by a similar determine for a new peak of 138 N.m. 

There are a few grades: Xi, Xs and Xr together with two transmissions guide and automated, which will make for a 5 variant line-up (see bottom of publish for the breakdown). The automated is a new giving in the Starlet assortment. This 4-speeder joins the five-forward three-pedal edition.

Powering the wheel

Toyota prepared a compact and straightforward drive for us all over the scenic surrounds of Cape City. The weather conditions seemed perplexed as to the time of calendar year dishing up a cloudless 25-diploma day. We zipped via mid-morning visitors as we designed our way alongside the Atlantic seaboard, heading for the legendary Chapman’s Peak generate. The guide (our choice) is a doddle to travel with a sprung clutch motion and light shift system. All through our stop-get started push the Starlet averaged just more than 6 litres for every 100 km, quite handy in these spending budget acutely aware periods, even with the aircon blowing the complete time.


It is honest to say that TSAM has a quite very good handle on what clients in SA need. More importantly, they listen to the current market and its calls for. Many of the revisions on the refreshed Toyota Starlet range ended up pushed from customer demand. As a consequence of the new physical appearance, new transmission and increased typical specification, the company should see an improve about the twelve-odd thousand Starlet units marketed in 2021.

Xi MT – R226 200
1,5 Xs MT – R239 100
Xs AT – R261 100
Xr MT – R294 900
Xr AT – R313 300

Selling prices include a 3-products and services/45 000 km company program and a 3-12 months/100 000 km warranty.


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