The latest generation of Toyota Yaris will feature a whole slew of previously unseen safety features but will remain budget friendly.
Coming to Australian showrooms mid-2020, the new Yaris will feature an efficient 1.5 litre 3 cylinder Dynamic Force petrol powertrain which comes with a direct-shift continuous variable transmission (CVT). There is also an option for a hybrid-electric powertrain which uses an Atkinson-Cycle version of the engine and a high-density lithium-ion battery.
There will be some small adjustments to the body too – a 50mm longer wheelbase allows the Yaris to remain manoeuvrable in urban environments, while the newly developed TNGA (Toyota’s New Global Architecture) allows a 40mm overall reduction in height without losing headroom space.
Other new features include:
- A centre airbag to front seat occupants during a side impact
- Pre-collision safety system that detects vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
- Higher body rigidity (+30%) and lower centre of gravity (-15mm) compared to previous models
- A dynamic exterior that is 5mm shorter than previous models
- Sharp LED headlights
- A central touch display screen, a multi-information display on the instrument cluster and a 10-inch colour head-up display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- High and low-speed auto emergency braking
- Highway centring technology to keep you from drifting too close to the lines
Although the specs have yet to be confirmed, the 2020 Yaris will remain the cheapest model in the Toyota range to serve as an entry point to the brand according to Toyota Australia’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley.
“We haven’t decided pricing at this stage - but I can tell you it will be competitive,” Mr Hanley told Carsguide.
“I think it’ll be a wonderful car. I think it’ll be the most fuel-efficient small car at the period of launch. When it comes to market, I think it’s very exciting. It provides that entry to the Toyota line-up.”
Currently, the most fuel-efficient car in the Toyota range is the Toyota Prius C Hybrid – to supersede this, the Yaris will need to use less than 3.9L per 100km.
Toyota’s Chief Engineer Yasunori Suezawa said they wanted to build upon the strengths of the Yaris as a compact car “while revamping the platform, powertrain and all other components.
“Compact cars are driven by many people, so offering a pleasurable drive was a priority, but it also prompted us to use the Yaris as the starting point of cars with the world's highest level of fuel efficiency and secure safety technology."
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