Toyota unveils facelifted Yaris

Toyota has taken the wraps off the new, facelifted Toyota Yaris, which goes on sale in the UK later this summer. But more than simply re-skinning its big-selling supermini, Toyota claims the updated Yaris has over 1,000 new parts designed to address criticisms made of the car.

The obvious change is to the styling at the front, which adopts Toyota’s new cross motif, first seen on the new Aygo. Inside, attention was paid to improving the quality and feel of the materials. Improvements have been made to the spec-list too, among them a larger, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Toyota have gone to significant lengths to reduce the levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in the new Yaris, going as far as redesigning the rear torison beam axle and parts of the car’s platform to give a more refined ride. Much of the body has also been re-engineered for greater stiffness and the suspension and steering has been re-tuned to match, resulting in a much-improved ride quality and sharper handling.

The engine line-up remains the same in the facelifted Yaris, with a choice of 1.0- and 1.3-litre petrols, 1.4-litre diesel and a hybrid version. Both the larger petrol and the diesel have been re-tuned slightly to improve NVH levels, while hybrid has been slightly tweaked, reducing its Co2 emissions from 79 to 75g/km. The 1.0-litre engine has seen the most comprehensive upgrade though, its Co2 emissions dropping from 110g/km to the tax-free threshold of 99g/km.

Further details will be announced before the new Yaris is launched in the UK this summer.

New Yaris line-up
New Yaris line-up

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