Fast and fu­ri­ous Ford Yaris hatch hots up

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FORD has de­tailed the Mus­tang’s mid-life up­date – fea­tur­ing styling changes, driv­e­train up­grades and new tech­nol­ogy ahead of its 2018 re­lease in Aus­tralia.

The new per­for­mance coupe was first shown in Cal­i­for­nia this week with the re­vised ex­te­rior styling in­clud­ing newlook LED head­lights, re­designed LED tail-lights, a fresh lower bon­net and grille de­sign, blacked out rear dif­fuser, quad-tip ex­haust for V8 GT mod­els and an op­tional per­for­mance spoiler.

Orange Fury de­buts as a new ex­te­rior paint colour op­tion, as well as a dozen unique al­loy wheel de­signs for cus­tomers to choose from.

Pow­er­train up­dates in­clude an in­crease of torque for the 2.3litre four-cylin­der EcoBoost en­gine, ac­cord­ing to Ford, but out­put fig­ures for the “thor­oughly re­worked” 5.0-litre V8 have not been di­vulged as yet.

The V8 en­gine will have a higher rev limit and of­fer more power courtesy of new du­al­fuel, high-pres­sure di­rect in­jec­tion and low-pres­sure port fuel in­jec­tion, which also in­creases fuel ef­fi­ciency and low-end torque, says the man­u­fac­turer.

Prior to the facelift the V8 GT churned out 303kW of power and 525Nm of torque, whereas EcoBoost vari­ants had 233kW/432Nm.

Ford has con­firmed a new 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion will re­place the old six-speed unit with faster shift times, of­fer higher av­er­age power for quicker ac­cel­er­a­tion, lower fric­tional losses and var­i­ous unique driv­ing modes.

The six-speed man­ual gear­box also re­ceives an up­date for both en­gine op­tions, with V8 ver­sions re­ceiv­ing a dual-mass fly­wheel and twin-disc clutch that im­proves torque ca­pa­bil­ity and clutch mod­u­la­tion.

All Mus­tang vari­ants have sus­pen­sion im­prove­ments with new shock ab­sorbers, up­graded anti-roll bars and a new crossaxis joint in the rear sus­pen­sion.

A mag­netic damper sys­tem dubbed ‘Mag­neRide’ will be of­fered as an op­tion, as well as a sys­tem for GT own­ers that al­lows the ex­haust note and vol­ume to be al­tered. TOY­OTA has an­nounced its facelifted Yaris light car will go on sale in Aus­tralia in March af­ter re­veal­ing the new-look model this week.

The Ja­panese maker has un­veiled a three-door hot hatch to be shown at Geneva that would go head-to-head with the likes of the Volk­swa­gen Polo GTI and Re­nault Clio RS.

De­spite lo­cal de­tails be­ing scarce, the new Yaris will get vis­ual tweaks in­clud­ing a restyled front bumper, new LED head­lights, and new lower grille and fog light cover de­signs.

Other vis­ual changes in­clude new-look wheels, sculpted rear bumper and re­freshed LED tail-lights to give the new model a lower, wider and more ag­gres­sive look.

The new Yaris is ex­pected to re­main rel­a­tively un­changed in­side and un­der the bon­net, re­tain­ing the 63kW/121Nm 1.3litre nor­mally as­pi­rated four­cylin­der in the base-level As­cent, while an 80kW/141Nm 1.5-litre atmo four-pot pow­ers the mid- and top-spec SX and ZR.

In Ja­pan, the new Yaris range gets the Safety Sense pack­age as stan­dard, which in­cludes au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing (AEB) and hill-start as­sist.

How­ever, for Aus­tralia it ap­pears that the safety pack­age will only be of­fered as stan­dard in the top-spec ZR, with Safety Sense of­fered as an op­tion on other vari­ants.

While Toy­ota is of­fer­ing a Yaris Hy­brid for the first time in Ja­pan, the car-mak­ing gi­ant’s lo­cal arm has con­firmed the petrol-as­sisted elec­tric ver­sion will not land in lo­cal show­rooms as the al­ready on­sale Prius C shares an iden­ti­cal pow­er­train and sim­i­lar di­men­sions.

At the other end of the per­for­mance spec­trum, a range-top­ping, rally-in­spired Yaris could be in­tro­duced to take up the fight to the likes of the Ford Fi­esta ST, Re­nault Clio RS, Peu­geot 208 GTi and Volk­swa­gen Polo GTI.

Se­cur­ing the new fire­cracker for the lo­cal mar­ket could prove to be a dif­fi­cult propo­si­tion. The new model will be fully re­vealed at the Geneva mo­tor show.

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