All New Yaris is Here
August 21, 2020
Toyota’s all-new Yaris has arrived at John Cole Toyota, setting a new benchmark for compact cars with its stylish design, dynamic performance and the clever application of new technologies – including safety features previously available only in luxury cars.
This is the fourth-generation Yaris, which sits on a new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that delivers a step-change in styling appeal, ride comfort and agility – advances already seen with TNGA platforms in cars like RAV4, Camry and Corolla.
TNGA is also central to the new Yaris hatch’s lower centre of gravity and more rigid body – engineering achievements that translate into impressive dynamics, a comfortable ride and agile handling.
Complementing the Yaris GA-B platform are new 1.5-litre three-cylinder powertrains that develop more power than their four-cylinder predecessors, while using substantially less fuel and cutting emissions.
The stand-out is Toyota’s latest hybrid system that also generates higher power output while achieving the best fuel economy of any Toyota ever offered in Australia – at only3.3 litres/100km1 and just 76 grams/km2 of CO2.
Advances in active and passive systems are designed to create the world’s safest compact car with the new-generation Yaris retaining its Ascent Sport, SX and ZR equipment levels.
Yaris is the only vehicle in its class with front-centre airbags, designed to protect the heads of front-seat occupants, and a driver-assist system that can detect and automatically brake to help avoid pedestrians and vehicles at intersections3.
These technologies are standard across the range, along with a host of other driver-assist features, including a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking3, and a secondary brake that can further slow the vehicle after an accident. A Direct Shift CVT adds just $1,5004 with a CVT-equipped hybrid on SX and ZR for a further $2,000 over their equivalent petrol variants. Low ownership costs include a five-year warranty5, extendable to seven years6, up to 10 years on the hybrid battery7 and five annual services capped at $170 each8.
Sporty exterior and high-quality interior
All-new Yaris is shorter and lower than its predecessor with a longer wheelbase for maximum interior space and stability.
A sporty exterior design comprises a prominent cascading grille, longer bonnet, sculpted door panels, dynamic character lines and a shorter rear overhang.
There are 12 exterior colours, with ZR variants also available with two-tone paint.
The interior offers an open, spacious and comfortable cabin with ample headroom, a wider centre console and an up-market ambience with high-quality seat fabrics.
Ascent Sport has an all-black interior; SX gains silver highlights while ZR is distinguished by sporty red inserts.
A safety-inspired “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road” concept results in intuitive placement of controls and a smaller-diameter steering wheel with fingertip switches.
Linked driver information sources include a 7-inch touchscreen and a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster. SX and ZR speedo and tacho/hybrid meter dials are digital. ZR variants have a 10-inch colour head-up display.
The new platform allows the driver’s seat to be set lower and further back towards the centre of the car, creating a more engaging driving position and helping to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity by around 15mm.
The steering wheel is set closer to the driver, with wider tilt and telescopic adjustments. Electric steering assistance is tuned for a light feel at low speed and a responsive feeling at high speed.
A 270-litre cargo area incorporates a two-level deck board. Larger items can be accommodated with a 60:40 split-fold rear seat back.