TOYOTA Australia’s next generation Yaris will leapfrog competitors in the light-car market, setting a new benchmark, with segment firsts and the introduction of in-demand premium features.
Advanced driver-assist and safety features in the fourth-generation Yaris include technologies aimed at reducing accidents at intersections, plus a new airbag designed to protect the heads of front-seat occupants.
The additions are supported by a stiffer and more agile chassis. Set to be launched in August, the Yaris will be offered in Ascent Sport, SX and ZR grades, the latter two available with hybrid and petrol variants.
The current 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine will be replaced by a new 1.5-litre 3-cylinder unit with high speed combustion, and other technologies that deliver more power and torque while using less fuel.
Maximum power jumps 10 per cent to 88kW while fuel economy when driven through a direct shift CVT is just 4.9-litres/100km, an improvement of at least 15 per cent, even compared with the discontinued 1.3-litre engine.
The stand-out power train is the fourth generation hybrid system, with a high density lithium-ion battery, producing a combined 85kW of power and remarkable fuel economy of just 3.3-litres/100km, a further improvement of almost one-third.
Cutting edge safety technologies in the new Yaris include a pre-collision safety system that uses a camera, radar and autonomous braking to avoid or mitigate the effects of a crash. It can detect vehicles and pedestrians, day or night, and cyclists during the day.
The new Yaris becomes the first Toyota in Australia where this system can also detect and automatically brake to avoid other vehicles and pedestrians when turning at intersections.
The on-board camera can also recognise Australian speed signs and alert drivers to amend their speed. Lane-keeping technologies includes the ability to apply force to the steering wheel to keep a vehicle on track.
All models are equipped with a reversing camera, while ZR variants will feature front and rear parking sensors that can trigger the brakes to avoid contact.
The new front-row centre airbag is designed to offer additional protection between the driver and front passenger in side crashes, or for passenger-side crashes when the driver is the only occupant.
All grades feature a 7-inch display screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and enhanced voice recognition from the Toyota multimedia system. The Ascent Sport is available with manual or automatic CVT transmission.
It’s fitted with 15-inch wheels, LED daytime running lamps, 60/40 split-fold rear seats and a handy USB port for charging and linking to connective technology. The mid-range SX adds satellite navigation, key-less smart entry and push-button ignition.
It also gets 15-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and rear lights, piano-black and satin interior finishes, a leather-accented steering wheel and digital meters. The top-of-the-line ZR comes standard with 16-inch alloys and a rear spoiler.
In addition, you’ll find a head-up display, blind spot monitor, intelligent front and rear parking sensors, sports seats and pedals, piano black trim, red inserts, and on the petrol variant, paddle shifters.
Some 12 exterior paint colours will be offered, with ZR owners also given the ability to choose a black or white roof with selected colours. Further information and pricing will be announced closer to the launch in August.