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8 July 2019

Toyota will renew its ageing Yaris next year to bring the supermini into line with the rest of its range, and new Nürburgring spy shots give a revealing glimpse of the final design.

Sporting a similar attention-drawing 'disguise' as the recently launched Supra, the 2020 Yaris can be seen to adopt the wider, squatter stance of the latest Corolla.

Swollen wheel arches seem to give it much more visual aggression than the eight-year-old outgoing car, and the profile looks to be less top-heavy, too. That's a clear indication of the car's TNGA platform architecture - modular underpinnings that are also shared with the Corolla, Camry and C-HR

Another prototype with a different camo and wheel design was spotted at the 'Ring at the same time, suggesting the Japanese firm is trialling two different chassis set-ups. It is likely that the one in the red camo is a GR Sport variant, Toyota's new trim designation for models with a sportier tune to bridge the gap between mainstream variants and the full-fat GRMN flagship. 

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Also on test was a hybrid variant, determined because of the legally mandated yellow sticker that must be installed on all electrified test vehicles. 

Toyota's UK sales are overwhelmingly biased towards hybrid models, so a petrol-electric variant should continue to be the volume seller. It's possible that the 2020 Yaris will also come with a straight petrol version, however, more suited to sporting variants. 

If the brand's latest range additions are anything to go by, expect significant dynamic improvements afforded by the TNGA platform, plus a big improvement in interior quality and technology. 

Reports suggest this year's Tokyo motor show in October will be the location for a new Yaris's unveiling, although the Japanese domestic market version is expected to be different. The full European debut should be in early 2020, with sales to follow soon after.

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16 April 2019

It seems like the current Yaris has been around for donkey's years, and the two mild facelifts during that time haven't done much to disguise that.

So an all new model might do a better job of justifying a huge list price for a sports version better than the current GRMN does.

That said, a decent hot hatch from someone like Toyota is something I'd be interested in, especially after the Suzuki Swift Sport stopped being the budget bargain the previous version was (so it's harder to justify that car's flaws).

 

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

16 April 2019

cool, if it is going to look as beefy as this bring it on, the GRMN has far to skinny wheels to look any good.

#IDONTPROOFREAD

8 July 2019

 This looks nice, now let’s hope they get the bits underneath right too.

Peter Cavellini.

8 July 2019

Why are they testing it at the 'Ring? They should test it in Tesco car park and maybe some UK back roads.

8 July 2019

Also needs testing at the local garden centre and 'Darby and Joan' club car parks, 20 minutes of reversing in and out of parking spaces is a test of any clutch. 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 July 2019

... that itself is basically a rebadged version of the current Mazda 2. 

"Why is http://www.nanoflowcell.com not getting more media attention? It could be the future... Now!"

K_A

9 July 2019

I thought the silhouette looked familiar! I really dislike the bulbous, chunky, and curvy design of the U.S-spec Yaris. 

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