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.
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.