Demand is already showing, with 100 units sold before launch, and Toyota have managed to secure 700 cars to see out the remainder of 2020.
Powered by a 1.5L three-cylinder engine, there’s an E-CVT transmission for the hybrid, a Direct Shift CVT with a mechanical gear for the petrol, and a 10-Speed Sport Sequential Manual Mode for the top-spec model. Another point to make is that these cars run on 91 octane fuel, which can’t be said for the recently launched European-spec Swift Hybrid.
All variants of the Yaris hatch get the latest Toyota Safety Sense package. Even the entry-level car gets Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane-Tracing Assist. In a Toyota first, and for added safety, front seat centre aisle airbags have been added to reduce the risk of the driver and front passenger colliding during a side-on collision.
The Pre-Collision System has also been updated and the new Yaris is the first Toyota to gain Intersection Turn Assist. The ZR variants also feature Blind Spot Monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and Parking Support Brake, which includes Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross Traffic Auto Brake.
High quality materials are used throughout the cabin of the Yaris. The GX has a black interior, while the ZR has a contrasting grey and black interior with red accents. The ZR sports style seats also feature an embossed and printed ‘Y’ pattern in the seat fabric. Other upgrades for the ZR include climate control air conditioning, smart entry with push button start, a digital speedometer, and a heads-up display.
Built with fun in mind, the Yaris is fun to look at and fun to drive (we should be able to confirm the latter next month). The fourth-generation Yaris has a new energetic and sporty look. The wheel arches are emphasised to enhance the cars lower stance. There are also contrasting black trim elements that add to the sporty look.
The GX features new 15-inch steel wheels, while the ZR has two-tone machine-finished 16-inch alloys.
Keeping with the two-tone theme, the ZR is also available in two two-tone options – an Ebony roof coupled with either the Eclectic Blue or Coral exterior paint options. Both variants are available in nine solid colour options. Five traditional colours: Glacier White, Silver Pearl, Ebony, Black Cherry and Ruby; plus four more ‘out there’ colours: Coral, Blue Gem, Lime and Eclectic Blue.
The new Toyota Yaris is priced from $25,990.