The new Toyota Yaris hybrid will cost from £19,910 in the UK, the company has announced.
The fourth generation of the Japanese brand’s supermini is the first model on the TNGA GA-B platform, a downsized version of the same chassis components that have been well received on the Corolla and RAV4. It’s being launched as a hybrid only – and despite earlier rumours that Toyota GB might consider adding a non-hybrid edition as a lower-priced entry point to the range, Auto Express understands this idea has been rejected. All versions in UK showrooms will be electrified.
Indeed, this move means there’s just a single technical specification of Yaris: a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder hybrid powertrain with total system power of 85kW, and a lithium-ion battery that can allow the car, Toyota claims, to run for up to 80 per cent of its time around town on electricity alone. The car takes 9.7 seconds to reach 62mph, and has a top speed of 109mph.
Under the tougher WLTP efficiency test, the new Yaris Hybrid returns fuel consumption of 65.7mpg to 68.9mpg, and CO2 emissions of between 92g/km and 98g/km, depending on its model spec.
The UK range will have four trim levels. Icon (£19,910) brings 16-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, auto headlights and wipers, air conditioning, electrically adjustable side mirrors and electric front windows.
Design (£20,970) includes a different design of alloys, an eight-inch infotainment display, LED headlights and tail-lights, electric rear windows and the option of a panoramic roof.
Dynamic (£21,920) steps up to 17-inch wheels and brings dual-zone air-con, a JBL eight-speaker audio system, keyless entry and push-button start, and front sports seats with part-synthetic leather upholstery. You can order this trim level with a City Pack (£750) that adds front and rear parking sensors with auto braking, auto-folding side mirrors, and blind-spot monitoring.
The peak of the regular Yaris range, Excel, costs £22,220 and includes auto-folding side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors with auto-braking to prevent parking impacts. This version can also be ordered with an £825 Tech pack that brings the eight-speaker JBL sound system, a 10-inch full-colour head-up display and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Toyota is also bringing the car to market with a Launch Edition; it costs £24,005 and includes a two-tone paint finish in Tokyo Fusion Red and Eclipse Black Pearlescent, plus the 10-inch colour head-up display and auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and blue ambient lighting in the cabin.
All new Yaris models will come with Toyota’s five-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Sales start now and the first deliveries to customers are due in September
New 2020 Toyota Yaris: chassis and platform
The new Toyota Yaris is based on a completely new platform to its predecessor, switching to a newly adapted version of the same Toyota New Generation Architecture. Called GA-B, the new Yaris’s chassis gets extra strengthening around its engine bay and a strut brace bonded to the bottom of the base of the windscreen, in a bid to improve the steering response. The rack itself is quicker, and the car’s electric power steering has a more powerful pump.
The car’s front MacPherson struts are now more in line with the springs, reducing friction. And at the rear, there’s a stiffer torsion beam than before. These tweaks, in conjunction with a bodyshell is considerably more rigid, have allowed Toyota’s chassis engineers to soften the springs in a bid to improve the ride, particularly on pock-marked urban roads.
The new Yaris also bucks the usual trend by being slightly shorter than the old model, measuring 3,940mm long. What’s more, the GA-B chassis offers scope for shorter overhangs, so the new car’s wheelbase is actually 50mm longer than the outgoing car’s. There’s also a taller and wider Yaris-based SUV variant on the way which will sit under the C-HR. The new baby SUV will be likely pitched against the SUV-inspired Fiesta Active.
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