A full week ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the all-new Toyota Yaris has been officially unveiled. Do note that Europe and Japan share a completely different Yaris from what we get here in the ASEAN region so there is a high chance this will not be the Yaris that we will eventually get.
Utilizing the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform has enabled the Yaris to be 50 kg lighter. The new, stiffer platform is the first application in Toyota’s subcompact B-segment model and has been given the designation GA-B. Whereas most cars nowadays incrementally grow in size, the Yaris bucks that trend by having a shorter and lower body. However, wheelbase and width have incrementally grown compared to the previous generation model, resulting in a sportier stance and equally sportier handling because the wheels have been pushed further out of the vehicle. With a sloping roofline, aggressively designed front and rear, as well as an option for a two-tone paint scheme, the Yaris evokes a higher level of sportiness than its predecessors.
The wider body with a longer wheelbase has enabled the Yaris to have a more spacious interior. Toyota’s designers have applied a “less-is-more” principle, removing interior clutter and reducing visual noise. Toyota also says that it also focused on improving the premium feel of the cabin through the use of soft-touch materials, tactile buttons, and improving the sound of how the buttons click. Drivers are greeted by digital instrumentation, featuring two digital screens with a full-color multi-information display, as well as a head-up display, a first for the Toyota Yaris. Other features include a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, wireless charging, and ambient interior lighting.
Under the hood of the Yaris are various engine choices depending on the market. The Toyota Yaris can be had with an all-new 1.5 liter and 1.0-liter inline-3 petrol engines as well as an all-new 1.5-liter Hybrid Dynamic Force powertrain. The hybrid uses a 1.5-liter Dynamic Force inline-3 Atkinson cycle petrol engine along with an 80 hp electric motor and a bigger, lighter lithium-ion battery. No power figures have been mentioned yet, but Toyota says that the new hybrid powertrain has reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy by 20 percent whilst offering a 15 percent higher total output.
At least in Europe and Japan, the all-new Yaris is aimed to be the safest in its segment, which is why it is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) as standard. TSS bundles full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, among other safety features in one package.
The all-new Toyota Yaris will make its official debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, so stay tuned to Go Flat Out as we update this space when we visit this upcoming automotive event.