Toyota has officially unveiled the all new Yaris hatchback ahead of the upcoming 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
The all new Yaris sits on the new TNGA-B platform, on which Toyota will base all its compact cars in future. Features components are built entirely from the ground up, including the engine, hybrid system, transmission, and suspension. In addition to the lightweight yet highly rigid body and low center of gravity, the 4th gen Yaris is offered with 4 different powertrains to deliver agility, superior comfort, and smooth & direct acceleration.
- The newly developed 1.5-liter inline 3-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine and Direct Shift-CVT
- The 1.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine with New-generation Hybrid System
- The 1.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine with 6-speed manual
- An improved 1.0-liter engine with a compact and lightweight CVT
Furthermore, the all new Yaris is offered with E-Four (electric four-wheel drive system), first-ever for a Toyota compact car. Toyota is also among the first to adopt an array of advanced features that defy the common hierarchy based on car size, such as Advanced Parking Support System, the latest Toyota Safety Sense, Turn Tilt Seats which facilitate entering and exiting the vehicle; and Display Audio which can connect with Smartphones, as standard on all models.
According to Chief Engineer Yasunori Suezawa, in charge of development of the new Yaris:
“This marks the 20th year since the first Yaris debuted, so we wanted to build a new-generation compact car that goes far beyond customers’ preconceptions about class by building on the strengths of the Yaris as a compact car while revamping the platform, powertrain, and all other components. Compact cars are driven by many people, so offering a pleasurable drive was a priority, but it also prompted us to use the Yaris as the starting point of cars with the world’s highest level of fuel efficiency and secure safety technology.”
The design concept is what Toyota calls “B-Dash!” Be bold, brisk, and beautiful. The image is to dash off with nimble acceleration like a bullet. Toyota sought to create an exterior design that packs an abundance of power to make the car appear as if it’s ready to take off at a moment’s notice. The sharp styling of the headlights gives the face a fearless expression. The rear was designed to make heads turn by integrating the rear window and rear-combination taillights into a new three-dimensional form.
The clutter-free cabin and compact shape that extends from the center of the body to the front and rear wheels express a design that suggests an active driving experience. The clutter-free interior provides a spacious and comfortable atmosphere that allows the driver to concentrate on driving. The thin cross section of the instrument panel gives it a wide impression which, together with the small diameter of the steering wheel, makes the cabin feel more spacious and sporty.
Various features were adopted to express the quality of a higher class interior, including hood-less dual digital TFT, a soft instrument panel, as well as a wider console and increased storage space.
The new Yaris will be displayed in showrooms throughout Japan from the end of October to December & will go on sale starting from mid of February 2020. Stay tuned to CarSpiritPK for more coverage of the all new Yaris at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.