The first pictures of the production Toyota Yaris Hybrid have been released ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
Toyota’s official pictures show the Hybrid model to share the same design face as the standard Yaris, but the styling has been optimised to improve aerodynamic efficiency.
A slimmed-down version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology with a more compact electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack means the system is 20 percent lighter than the unit used in the Auris Hybrid. It also means the car offers the same interior space and boot dimensions as the standard Yaris.
The HSD system is mated to a 1.5-litre petrol engine, which produces a total of 98bhp, with performance and CO2 emissions claimed to be the best in class. An EV-only mode will be featured, giving the car a 1.3 miles range on battery power alone.
It is expected the Yaris Hybrid will offer a top speed of 110mph, with a 0-62 in around 12 seconds. Emissions are expected to fall below 99g/km.
Despite Toyota’s aim for the Yaris Hybrid to be the most affordable full hybrid in Europe, air-conditioning and CVT gearbox will be fitted as standard.