Toyota UK has dropped the curtain on its new Yaris. The subcompact hatch – likely identical to the 2012 Yaris arriving in the States this fall – benefits from a more dynamic design and additional standard equipment on all but its entry-level model. All UK-bound Yaris models, 'cept for the T2 base version, feature a new Toyota "affordable multimedia connectivity" system called Touch and Go.
Over in the UK, the Yaris is offered in four trims: T2, TR, SR and T Spirit. Toyota says the "heart of the range" is the mid-level TR, which is expected to command two thirds of sales. The TR can be ordered up with any of the three available engines (1.0-liter VVT-i, 1.3-liter Dual VVT-i and 1.4-liter D-4D) and a choice of three transmissions (five-speed manual, six-speed manual and Toyota's Multidrive S CVT) in both three and five-door bodystyles. Key features of the TR include 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, stability control, Bluetooth and a rear-mounted parking camera.
The three available engines start with the base 1.0-liter VVT-i gasser with 68 horsepower. Moving up, there's the 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i gasoline engine with 98 hp. Finally, the 1.4-liter D-4D diesel engine cranks out 89 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. The fuel-sipping diesel returns an estimated 72.4 miles per imperial gallon (60.3 mpg U.S.).
Prices range from £11,170 ($17,816 U.S. at current exchange rates – including VAT) for the base, three-door T2 version to £15,385 ($24,593 U.S.) for the premium-level, five-door T Spirit. Toyota is now taking orders for the new Yaris and says the subcompact hatch will hit showrooms in the UK by mid-September.
While North America will undoubtedly not get all of these powertrain options, we're looking forward to seeing our own 2012 Yaris very soon.
New Yaris builds on the model's key strengths, with a more dynamic design and improved quality
Efficient powertrains, innovative Multidrive S transmission and greater agility
Affordable multimedia connectivity with Toyota Touch and Go
Four grades – T2, TR, SR and T Spirit
On the road prices start from £11,170
Available to order now, first deliveries to customers in September
The launch of the third generation Yaris opens a new chapter in the model's UK success story.
The current Yaris won praise for its roomy interior, durability and versatility, the efficiency of its engines and its easy-to-drive character around town. New Yaris will consolidate these strengths and go further to offer sharper, contemporary styling, a step-up in quality, even greater agility and a breakthrough in affordable multimedia connectivity with Toyota Touch and Go.
Toyota Touch and Go
Positioned at the heart of the small car market, new Yaris will appeal both to technology-focused customers and those motorists for whom quality, practicality and value for money are the key considerations when choosing a new car.
The Toyota Touch audio system, including touchscreen controls, is fitted as standard to all but the entry level new Yaris model in the UK, additionally providing Bluetooth, a USB port and a rear parking camera. This can be upgraded to the Toyota Touch and Go system which provides full map satellite navigation and access to a range of connected information services that can be accessed and downloaded via a dedicated Toyota customer portal.
New Yaris continues with the successful mixture of powertrains featured in the previous generation model: 1.0 and 1.33-litre petrol units and a 1.4-litre D-4D turbodiesel.
All engines benefit from the application of Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of engineering and design technologies which, combined with weight-saving measures and aerodynamics improvements, help cut fuel consumption and emissions without harming power and torque levels.
Toyota's three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol is a textbook example of miniaturisation, a reference point for compact, efficient engineering. Working with a five-speed manual transmission, the latest version of the 998cc unit generates 68bhp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 93Nm at 3,600rpm. Fuel consumption has been improved by four per cent to 58.9mpg* and CO2 emissions are down by seven per cent to 111g/km*.
The 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine is also light and compact, with a small bore and long stroke to give a very high power-to-weight ratio. It generates 98bhp at 6,000rpm and, at the peak of a gentle torque curve, 125Nm at 4,000rpm. When matched to the new Multidrive S transmission, fuel economy is 56.5mpg* and CO2 emissions are 118g/km*.
Multidrive S, Toyota's latest continuously variable transmission (CVT), features a manual override, sequential seven-step mode that the driver can operate using either the gearshift lever or paddle shifts on the steering wheel.
The 1.4-litre D-4D engine is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. It produces 89bhp at 3,800rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm between 1,800 and 2,800rpm. For new Yaris, combined cycle fuel economy has been improved by seven per cent to 72.4mpg* and CO2 emissions are six per cent lower at 104g/km*.
* Guideline figures prior to official homologation.
UK range and prices
New Yaris will be offered in the UK in four grades – T2, TR, SR and T Spirit – which deliver an emphatic combination of high specification, quality and great value for money. Cars are available to order now, with first deliveries to customers from mid-September.
The heart of the range is the TR. Expected to command two thirds of new Yaris sales, it is available with all engine and transmission combinations, in three and five-door bodystyles. Key features of the TR include15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Toyota Touch with touchscreen audio controls, Bluetooth and rear parking camera
The SR, available exclusively with the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine, has a sportier profile with a range of interior and exterior styling elements. Equipment highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler, front fog lamps, part-leather upholstery, rear privacy glass and lowered suspension.
T Spirit focuses on premium features and is available in five-door format with the 1.33- litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Principal equipment of the T Spirit grade includes a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and smart entry and start.
On-the-road prices for new Yaris start at £11,170. Insurance groups will be announced in August.
MODEL ENGINE OTR PRICE
T2 3dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £11,170
T2 5dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £11,670
TR 3dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £12,260
TR 3dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £12,760
TR 3dr 1.4 D-4D 6MT £14,260
TR 5dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £12,760
TR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £13,260
TR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT MDS £14,260
TR 5dr 1.4 D-4D 6MT £14,760
SR 3dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £13,335
SR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £13,835
SR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i MDS £14,835
T Spirit 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £14,385
T Spirit 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i MDS £15,385