Toyota’s Yaris supermini gets an extensive facelift ushering in a sharper look, more driver assists and a 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The changes continue around the back with new horizontal taillights, a revised tailgate as well as a new rear bumper. Buyers will be able to spec their cars with new three new alloy wheel designs, alongside two new paint colour options. LED daytime running headlights plus LED taillights make the options list.
In the cabin, new colours, trims and upholstery options are available, and are combined with revised dials, new “propeller” style air vents and new look switchgear. The most important introduction is a 4.2-inch colour display embedded in the instrument binnacle, which comes as standard on ‘Mid’ range trim cars and up.
In terms of engines, Toyota has revealed that a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol is one of the powerplants making its way into the 2017 Yaris. With this new larger engine, Toyota promises more power, torque and performance, but crucially improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. It develops 110bhp and 136Nm of torque with Toyota claiming the new 1.5-litre will be 0.8 seconds quicker to 62mph than the current 1.3-litre car, taking 11 seconds flat.
Overtaking speeds are where the big gains are found though, and the new unit will pull from 50mph to 75mph 1.2 seconds faster. With a CVT gearbox, Toyota claims it’s up to 12 per cent more efficient, thanks partly to the introduction of a new water-cooled exhaust manifold.
A hybridised version of the new 1.5-litre petrol – which Toyota claims is now quieter – will also go on sale, alongside a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol producing 68bhp. We also know that Toyota is plotting a hot-hatch version of the new Yaris, which could have up to 210bhp.
All models in the Yaris facelift range get plenty of driver safety assists as standard. The Safety Sense kit includes a pre-collision warning system with autonomous emergency braking, automatic high-beam lights as well as lane departure warning. All cars bar the entry-level model get traffic sign recognition capabilities too.
Lastly, Toyota has re-jigged the trim levels available on the Yaris in a bid to make the range simpler. Entry-level cars are simply called Entry models, and sit beneath Mid and Mid+ cars. These models get the new TFT dashboard display, though Mid+ comes with additional styling tweaks such as 15-inch alloy wheels. Two more style driven trim levels – Bi-tone and Chic – top the range.
UK prices and specs are still under wraps for now, though we should get more information at the Geneva Motor Show next month.