Toyota has finally announced the all-new Toyota Yaris. The fourth-generation hatchback was unveiled simultaneously in Japan and the Netherlands, briefly following the headlines it made when it was seen being tested at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Based on the TNGA-B platform, the 2020 Toyota Yaris' development was spearheaded by chief engineer Yasunori Suezawa and chief hybrid engineer Takashi Uehara. With the adoption of the platform, the car now features components that are developed entirely from the ground up, which include the engine, Hybrid System, transmission, and suspension.
Additionally, the new-generation Yaris now sports a lightweight and highly rigid body, right with a low center of gravity. In terms of its exterior styling, the vehicle appears to be more "condensed and agile" compared to its predecessor.
With the new GA-B platform in tow, a significant 40mm reduction in height is quite apparent. The car is also now 50mm wider, alongside a 60mm wider track; meanwhile, its wheelbase has also been increased by 50mm to increase its passenger space. Despite all of these, the new car still managed to get reduced in length by 5mm. As it goes, the new Yaris is the only top-tiered hatchback that is less than four meters long in the European market, culminating in noted in-town maneuverability.
On the inside, the 2020 Toyota Yaris exudes minimalism at its most exemplary. This can be seen from the get-go on its dashboard and infotainment screen, which is mounted within the driver's eye line. Its driving position has also been improved, with its hip point now 36mm lower than the previous generation. In the same vein, there is also a more excellent seat and wheel adjustment for a less upright seating point.
The 2020 Toyota Yaris also receives an 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard, plus larger displays offered on top variants. The new Yaris is also noted for being the first car in its segment to feature an airbag system that is mounted centrally between the driver and the passenger. Also offered as standard is a suite of driver aids. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are likewise in the mix.
The European variants of the 2020 Toyota Yaris get three petrol engines, all equipped with three cylinders. There is a base 1.0-liter, which is set to be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox while its 1.5-liter engine variant will come with a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic option. A hybrid option is also among its options, one that is set to use the 1.5-liter unit, mated to an 80hp, 140Nm electric motor, and an air-cooled lithium-ion battery.
Other features of the all-new Yaris include Advanced Park, Toyota Safety Sense, and Turn Tilt Seats.
The 2020 Toyota Yaris will retail in twelve color paint jobs, which will include the newly-minted Ice Pink Metallic and Coral Crystal Shine.
There is no word yet as to when it will arrive in the Philippines. The 2020 Toyota Yaris, however, is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in February 2020.
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