New styling features include protruding headlights, edgier side profile and pronounced bumpers
22 December 2010

These are the first official images of Toyota’s next-gen Yaris — or Vitz, as it’s known in the Japanese manufacturer’s home market.

The new Yaris was previewed in Japan just before Christmas but it won’t reach the UK until September, after a mid-summer launch in mainland Europe.

See the official pics of the Toyota Yaris

The new Yaris is 100mm longer than the current car, with an extra 50mm in its wheelbase. It’s the same width, at 1695mm, but 20mm lower, at 1500mm, and 30kg lighter, at 1000kg. Rear passengers get an extra 35mm of legroom.

The first two generations of the Yaris have traditionally attracted female buyers, but the new one will target a different market. “This car gets a sportier body with stronger street presence,” chief engineer Hirofumi Yamamoto told Autocar, “so we expect a larger proportion of male buyers this time.”The revised styling features protruding headlights, edgier side profile and pronounced bumpers that echo the look of the Prius.

The cabin gets improved materials and more effective noise and vibration insulation. The list of safety kit includes traction and stability control systems, ABS and Brake Assist.

The new model will feature two petrol motors: a 1.0 with 68bhp and 68lb ft, and a 1.33 with 93bhp and 89lb ft. The larger engine will also be offered with start-stop functionality, improving its fuel economy to a claimed 75mpg. Japanese models get a CVT gearbox, but a five-speed manual will be standard in Europe. A diesel variant and a hybrid Yaris will be offered in 2012.

The Japanese line-up includes an RS model. It offers a 107bhp 1.5-litre powerplant, 16in alloy wheels, a modified bumper, a small rear diffuser and a choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT with a seven-speed sequential shift. It’s not expected to reach Europe, although market conditions could yet persuade Toyota to sell this variant in the UK later in its lifecycle.

Peter Lyon

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22 December 2010

Such a large c-pillar blind spot for such a small car...

22 December 2010

Oh those pictures are truly awful, whats going on with the rear overhang?

I thought the new boss of Toyota was promising us some radical new cars, this thing is just plain ugly????!!!!

22 December 2010

Not as ugly as the new Nissan Micra........

22 December 2010

Looks sort of messy, don´t know why but something is wrong with the design.

22 December 2010

There is a huge amount of Peugeot in the mix here. That rather wonky crease line over the rear wheel arch is so 207 ( it has always bothered me on the Peugeot) and elsewhere there is detail nicked from 207/307.

The outgoing Yaris has really classy styling, chunky detailing and a conservative (almost VW look) about it that does not need replacing anytime soon. shame.

22 December 2010

I have to say that I prefer the look and size of the current Yaris - also current 1.33 model has 99 horsepower and a six-speed gearbox which looks to be superior to the new car. Unless it's cheap, I can't see the appeal.

22 December 2010

Why has it grown?! Did it really need another 100mm in length and 50mm in the floor pan? I am guessing not, there was little wrong with the size of last model.

Manufacturers are getting lazy with their packaging which is especially surprising from Toyota when they can make something as clever as the IQ.



It's all about the twisties........

22 December 2010

Well, "good looking" and "Toyota" still cannot be used in the same sentence.

22 December 2010

A very unattractive and down right plain design, which is a pity as this class size lends itself to some resonably attractive cars.

22 December 2010

From the side & rear it looks a lot like a Peugeot 207 gone wrong... not good.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)


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