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Toyota will take on the Ford Fiesta ST with a performance variant of the Yaris, inspired by its Gazoo motorsport outfit
Jimi Beckwith
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13 December 2016

A Yaris hot hatch has been confirmed by Toyota and is expected to be badged Toyota Yaris Gazoo, named after the company's motorsport arm.

The Yaris Gazoo model has now been revealed. Click here for more

Toyota Yaris GRMN prototype driven

It will arrive shortly after the launch of its new Toyota Yaris WRC car. The motorsport-spec Yaris packs a 375bhp punch, with 314lb ft of torque, from its turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, although the road-going car is more likely to have a Ford Fiesta ST-rivalling output of around 200bhp and more than 200lb ft of torque. 

The regular Toyota Yaris has now been revealed - see it here

It's likely to be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which would tie the model in with its World Rally Championship counterpart, as Toyota recently announced revisions to its engine line-up to make it more powerful with a greater focus on driver enjoyment. It's too early for official performance figures but the class average for the 0-62mph dash is between 6.5sec and 7.0sec. 

The model will rival a growing number of hot hatches, because the Fiesta ST is set to be joined by a hotter Volkswagen Polo GTI and the rumoured Nissan Micra Nismo

Toyota has not revealed any details about the upcoming Yaris hot hatch, aside from the car's inspiration from the WRC car (pictured). The Gazoo performance moniker is expected to grow from the Yaris, though, to become the in-house performance sub-brand at Toyota, akin to BMW's M division and Mercedes' AMG

A single image of the car - in design sketch form - reveals all the hallmarks of the segment, with larger alloy wheels, a low ride height, low-profile tyres and bodywork upgrades that include a rear spoiler, as well as a three-door bodystyle.

The supermini and city car segments continue to abandon three-car bodystyles as buyers move to the more practical five-door layout, but it seems that Toyota will continue to buck this trend by offering the Yaris Gazoo as a three-door. 

Toyota remains tight-lipped about any details surrounding the Yaris Gazoo but more information is expected to emerge in the opening months of the new year. 

The news comes as Toyota's forthcoming Supra reaches an advanced stage of development and a more dynamic Toyota range becomes a priority for the company. 

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Flametrench 14 December 2016

TRD v Gazoo

Re using the TRD designation rather than Gazoo, I'm afraid that whenever I see TRD my first thought is of something that you can't polish.
LP in Brighton 14 December 2016

Next generation Yaris?

I wonder if all this is planned to coincide with the next gen Yaris? The sketches don't have much in common with the current Yaris, maybe Toyota has just given us a sneak preview of the next one, which must be due soon? I think we'll pretty soon get used to the name if the products are decent, I mean the name "ST" doesn't exactly set the pulse racing does it.
DdWorks 14 December 2016

It is heartening that in

It is heartening that in recent years Toyota has become sporting, stirring car enthusiasts hearts with creations such as the GT86, TS0XX LM series race cars and the FT-1 concept.

However it will take quite awhile to acclimatise to its racing brand - Gazoo. Why not TRD? The latter sounds more solid-sounding.

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