Currently reading: Next-gen Yaris revealed
New styling features include protruding headlights, edgier side profile and pronounced bumpers

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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n50pap 24 December 2010

Re: Next-gen Yaris revealed

optimal_909 wrote:
but I wouldn't call any of them respected manufacturers.

Neither did I. No doubt at some time in the future, the Chinese will produce cars which will appeal to more discerning tastes, but on present form, they're a bit like the first Japanese imports, in the late 60's and early 70's which seemed rather ornate. They did learn very quickly, though, so now doubt the Chinese will as well.
moe360 23 December 2010

Re: Next-gen Yaris revealed

The front reminds me of the current Clio for some reasons odd, however it looks awful I actually prefer the current ones bubble type looks. It looks nice and stands out shame they will ruin it with this euro box

marktobin 23 December 2010

Re: Next-gen Yaris revealed

that is but ugly, could be Chinese! Toyota, never exactly a great designer of cars, seems to have taken a massive step backwards!