• Nov 4, 2010
2012 Toyota Yaris spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Now that the B segment has been set ablaze with newcomers like the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2, it's time for other automakers to freshen up their small car offerings. Honda revamped the Fit for 2009, there's a brand new Chevrolet Aveo on the way, and we're now seeing spy shots of the next-generation Toyota Yaris.

The Yaris is undergoing what appears to be a pretty substantial makeover, ditching its cute, bubbly image in favor of something much more aggressive. We have a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of design, especially since this prototype looks a lot like a leaked image we stumbled upon last month. Our spies report that the new Yaris will be about four inches longer than the current car, and that two of those inches are found in between the front and rear axles, allowing for slightly more interior room.

We're willing to bet that the Yaris' current powertrain will make its way into the new car, possibly with some slight updates. Don't rule out the possibility of a Yaris-based hybrid, too.

The new Yaris will launch sometime next year, with early reports stating that we could see a concept (or "show car") at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. For now, see the Yaris prototype from all angles in our image gallery below.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      "Toyota Yaris looking more aggressive"

      A fluffy bunny on the hood would make Yaris look more agressive
      • 4 Years Ago
      Epic Fail...

      I don't know why people buy Toyota's nowadays, yeah I know they USED to be dead reliable, but nowadays, it offers you bland cars with worst in class horsepower, cheap interior, and frugal performance, for the type of people who hate cars and buy them just to get from point a to point b.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The odds of Toyota producing anything half as interesting as the Fiesta, Mazda2 or Fit are very low indeed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like just the front and rear fascias have been changed, and the overall toe-like shape has stayed the same
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the Yaris a hell of a lot...
      For god's sake, give it a normal dashboard though. Me and my girlfriend were considering buying one until we saw that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When will automakers understand that consumers don't like center mounted dashes?

        The old old Nissan Quest, the Toyota Yaris...center dashes are awkward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I owned one for a few years. They say you get used to the speedometer in the middle...you dont.

        The other interior features weren't so terrible, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota and Honda and GM HAVE figured it out.

        The Prius, Civic and GM Heads Up Displays alleviate this.

        I personally love where the Prius / Civic Dashes have the speedometer / rpm guages (I know Prius doesn't have a rpm guage and it doesn't need it - we have 2 of them) within easy sight while driving but I like being able to tell how fast I'm going without looking down and through the wheel.

        Just wish my my Spyder had the same. I'm constantly trying to tell where I am by listening but sometimes I realize I had another 200-300rpms left before I shoulda switched.. but I'm too busy worrying about the turn up ahead to look down and see exactly where I am.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the Yaris too.

        They race them in japan and their are hell of alot of performance parts for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car has definite smell of testosterone...... ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too big to be a Yaris. Perhaps the new Prius van due out in a year or two?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last one looks great.

      TRD lowering springs and TRD exhuast and thats a sweet litle ride.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that was supposed to be a reply to Mike's link
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting point: despite the segment being "set ablaze" the Versa is still the top-rated car in this price bracket, and reviews of the Fiesta and 2 are decidedly ho-hum: they handle well, but both have been marked as being relatively slow (for the class), cramped in the rear, awkward of ergonomics (in the Ford) and kind of cheap (Mazda).

      The lesson? Don't expect miracles, and don't look to blogosphere puffery. These are cheaps car and costs are more or less the same for each marque. No one has, nor likely will they, deliver anything segment busting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      when is Toyota gonna make a Sports car again?

      i miss Supra
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks like the Toyota Etios being prepared for launch in India next month. Could be branded as the next gen Yaris globally.
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