All new 2020 Toyota Yaris
Toyota premieres an all-new Yaris, with an optional hybrid drivetrain.
Toyota says its new Yaris represents a progression of handling, ride comfort, design, safety and value.
What's new on the 2020 Toyota Yaris?
New platform and dimensions
First, the car is built on the B version of the Toyota New Global Architecture. The Japanese automotive giant explains the modular platform makes the body 30% less flexible while simultaneously offering a 15mm lowering of the centre of gravity and a 50mm bump in wheelbase. Engineers were also able to reduce the compact car's height by 40mm without affecting headroom. All these changes should combine to result in a more enjoyable car to drive, Toyota notes. Other benefits include a drop in noise and vibration intensity.
Toyota promises the car will boast class-leading safety fitments. Additions include a central airbag to cushion front occupants in side-on smashes. Also included is a pre-collision system that detects other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Impressively, the above features plus active cruise control, lane-centring and autonomous emergency braking are standard across the Yaris Australia range.
New, 40% more thermally efficient engines are being employed too. Toyota gives buyers the choice of a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine (teamed up with a CVT automatic transmission) or a hybrid configuration with a lithium-ion power cell. According to the carmaker, the technology directly filtered down from Toyota family cars like the Corolla, RAV4 and Camry.
The Yaris interior was also painstakingly revised, with materials and a design intended to create a welcoming cabin. There are three monitors on offer too, an infotainment touchscreen, a multi-information display and an optional full-colour, 10-inch head-up display.
Toyota on the new Yaris
The Yaris lead engineer, Yasunori Suezawa, explained the team's vision while working on the next-gen compact car.
"We wanted to build a new-generation compact car that goes far beyond customers' preconceptions about class by building on the strengths of the Yaris as a compact car while revamping the platform, powertrain, and all other components," Suezawa explained.
Availability and pricing
Toyota states only that the car will come here mid-2020. Official pricing is yet to be announced.
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