Best spy pictures yet of Toyota's next Yaris in testing

These are the best spy pictures yet of Toyota's next-generation Yaris in testing. The next Yaris is designed as a mild refresh, as it makes extensive use of the current car’s bodywork.

But as Toyota is working on a hybrid addition to the range, it will be bringing the technology to the Fiesta and Polo sector for the first time.

See the latest spy pics of the new Toyota Yaris in testing

It’s unlikely that the Yaris will be able to accommodate the 1.8-litre petrol engine from the Prius and Auris powertrains. But Toyota does have 1.33 and 1.0-litre motors at its disposal.

The Yaris and Auris hybrids will give Toyota a two-pronged defence against new opposition in the market from Honda, which is set to launch a petrol-electric version of the next Jazz.

The forthcoming Yaris is likely to mark a split in small-car policy between Europe and the US. Toyota North America is said to have been lobbying for the car to move up in size, but this has been resisted.

Read Autocar’s full road test of the current Toyota Yaris

Instead, the US arm will unveil its own concept at January’s Detroit motor show, pointing towards a slightly larger B-segment model. It’s also unlikely to be a hybrid car.

The new Yaris could appear in Japanese showrooms as the Vitz by early next year, but confusingly, a small concept pointing to the European version of the car is due at next spring’s Geneva motor show. Sales of the Yaris will then begin here late next summer; the hybrid should appear in 2012.

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8 November 2010

a hybrid yaris / vitz would be very economical. however i do wonder when the're testing these pre-production cars, with such a heavy disguise, that it must effect all the wind noise, and aerodynamics. is david cameron the pm of little britain, or greater zimbabwe.

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8 November 2010

Mmm, a new Yaris. My week is complete!

Actually, I just love that, when other manufacturers are diguising their new cars with swirly whirly graphics, Toyota stick to traditional cardboard and gaffer tape!! Quality job, lol

8 November 2010

The Yaris is not the most visually inspiring of cars at the moment so I expect that this revamp is not going to alter that, therefore to distract from this they throw in the old hybrid solution to make it very economical and also with low CO2 figures.

8 November 2010

lovely

now where was that paint again?

9 November 2010

[quote Autocar]But as Toyota is working on a hybrid addition to the range, it will be bringing the technology to the Fiesta and Polo sector for the first time.

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Is this right, what class of car is the new Honda Jazz Hybrid, I assumed that was a also Fiesta/Polo rival.

9 November 2010

[quote Autocar]it makes extensive use of the current car’s bodywork.
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The different door construction, body side shape, single wiper etc etc., point to much more than a mild facelift. Looks like a whole new platform to me.

9 November 2010

[quote Welsh Wizard]The different door construction, body side shape, single wiper etc etc., point to much more than a mild facelift. Looks like a whole new platform to me.[/quote]

Ignoring all the cardboard and tape it doen't look that much different to me. I'll give you the single wiper, but everything else is just the disguise...

19 November 2010

I don't agree with people that say the current Yaris isn't good looking - I have a 2 year old SR model with 16 inch alloys and sports suspension which I think looks great. But its a shame Toyota have stripped the range down to such an extent that they all look pretty basic and not as good as the model I've got.

I had a Mazda MX5 cabriolet coupe before it which was the worst car ownership experience I've had in over 20 years of driving (the car / dealerships / manufacturer all letting me down badly) but the Yaris has been a breath of fresh air in terms of reliability, practicality, running costs and dealer service. Unfortunately the driving experience isn't up there with the best but after my awful experience with the MX5, that wasn't at the top of my priorities.

Hopefully the new model will drive a lot better, and they'll do something about the engines to make them a bit more powerful and quieter. The interior will need to ditch the cheap hard plastics too, though its encouraging the dials are now in the right place.

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother

13 August 2010

Radical...

Toyota need to step up their styling a bit. Even the Koreans are now producing relatively decent looking cars. I now think that Kias are better looking than Toyotas.

Why are they always so dull?

13 August 2010

"it will be bringing the technology to the Fiesta and Polo sector for the first time."

I always thought that the Yaris was almost in a sector below - more compact than either of the above. No matter, but the styling does appear a little more contrived, especially at the rear. 'Grown up' is what some might say but I think it loses some of its individuality.


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