Toyota overhauls Yaris hatchback; no plans for US return
Catering to European and Japanese customers, the new Yaris hatchback is shorter and lower than its predecessor.
Toyota has revealed the 2020 Yaris, a thorough redesign that is quite different from the Mazda2-based model available in US showrooms.
No longer catering to American buyers, the new Yaris is slightly shorter and around 1.6 inches lower than its predecessor. It rides on a longer wheelbase and is two inches wider, however, changing the car's overall proportions.
The 2020 edition represents the first use of Toyota's TNGA platform architecture in a compact car, increasing chassis rigidity by 30 percent despite achieving a 110-pound reduction in overall vehicle weight.
A new 1.5-liter three-cylinder Dynamic Force engine promises improved fuel efficiency and enhanced performance, while the existing 1.0-liter mill has also been tweaked for reduced fuel consumption. Two hybrid powertrains will be available, including an E-Four all-wheel-drive configuration employing electric motors at the rear wheels.
The hatchback inaugurates Toyota's Advanced Park system, staking a claim as the first vehicle capable of parking itself into spaces without white lines for clear direction. Drivers are also treated to a modern cockpit with plenty of digital displays and a central touchscreen.
The new Yaris will be manufactured at separate assembly sites for the European and Japanese markets. The company has no plans to bring the hatchback to the US, where the rebadged Mazda recently received its own overhaul for the 2020 model year.