No, you're not seeing double. There are actually two different cars in this teaser.
If the two names are not ringing any bells, the Vitz is the JDM version of the Yaris whereas the Aqua is a Prius c sold in Japan. Far from being the most exciting cars out there, the two hatchbacks are heading to next month’s Tokyo Auto Salon to show off their sporty body kits prepared by Gazoo Racing.
Toyota is being coy about the details, but through this teaser we are able to notice both cars are getting a massive lower grille with “GR” lettering and flanked by beefy vents. Also visible is a front spoiler lip and a dark tint for the headlights to make the cars look a tad more aggressive. A sporty suspension setup with a lowered ride height is part of the package, as are the large double-spoke alloy wheels with brake calipers painted in the same hue as the body.
The three-door Vitz/Yaris also appears to have a roof-mounted rear spoiler and chances are the Aqua/Prius c has a similar setup. As a matter of fact, the attached teaser makes the cars look almost the same, but that will change once the two concepts are going to be revealed in full. There’s no word just yet from Toyota whether there are any changes underneath the hood to match the new appearance.
The official premiere is going to take place on January 13 when Toyota will also showcase in the Land of the Rising Sun the Yaris WRC, a customized C-HR crossover with Toyota Racing Development goodies, and a GT3-spec Lexus RC F. On top of that, a custom C-HR fitted with an assortment of Modellista bits and pieces will share the spotlight with other C-HRs equipped with Toyota-branded parts and accessories.
For a true Yaris hot hatch from Gazoo, we will have to wait until next year when Toyota will take the wraps off a WRC-inspired road-going performance model based on the three-door model teased just a few days ago.