New Yaris on the road


Launched in 2005, four it­er­a­tions of the com­pact city hatch­back have been sold in the lo­cal mar­ket. The all-new Toy­ota Yaris is tai­lored to specif­i­cally cater to the needs of South Africans.

Big­ger and Bolder

The new Yaris grows by 165mm length­ways and 5mm in width – pro­vid­ing a no­table boost in ex­te­rior size and cor­re­spond­ing in­te­rior space. Sleek head­lamps with chrome in­ner ac­cents, a prom­i­nent trape­zoidal grille is com­pleted with hon­ey­comb-pat­terned screen.

The side pro­file is clas­sic hatch­back. A ta­per­ing rear win­dow line and blacked-out C-pil­lar pro­mote a sporty ap­pear­ance.

Aero sta­bil­is­ing fins are in­cor­po­rated into the rear light and rear bumper de­sign.

Colours on of­fer are Di­a­mond Sil­ver Metal­lic, At­ti­tude Black, Glacier White, Crim­son Metal­lic, Graphite Grey in­clud­ing two new ex­cit­ing hues - In­ferno Metal­lic and Dark Blue metal­lic.

The in­te­rior op­er­a­tion zone is a pi­ano black trim with a chrome-plated switchgear.

De­liv­er­ing Drive

Pow­er­ing the new Yaris is a 1.5 litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine. Util­is­ing dual VVT-i and a DOHC 16-valve lay­out, the en­gine de­liv­ers a rev-happy 79kW and 140 Nm.

Top speed for the man­ual mod­els is 180km/h with the CVT model geared for a slightly lower 170km/h. Fuel con­sump­tion is listed at 5.9 and 5.8 litres per 100km re­spec­tively.

Buy­ers have a choice of ei­ther a 5-speed trans­mis­sion or Toy­ota ‘Mul­tidrive’ Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Trans­mis­sion (CVT), driv­ing the front wheels. The CVT unit has re­vised con­trol logic to en­able it to re­act faster to ac­cel­er­a­tion in­put – par­tic­u­larly when reac­cel­er­at­ing from a coast­ing con­di­tion.

Ride and Han­dling

A McPher­son strut-type front sus­pen­sion and rear tor­sion beam lay­out of­fer re­li­a­bil­ity and space-ef­fi­cient con­struc­tion. The coil spring and shock ab­sorber have been op­ti­mised for ride com­fort. A large quan­tity of spot welds and a large un­der-body brace en­hance body rigid­ity and pro­mote ex­cel­lent han­dling sta­bil­ity.

The ‘rolling-stock’ con­sists of ei­ther 15 or 16-inch wheels.

The gate­way model to the range is the Xi, fol­lowed by the mid-grade Xs, Cross and Sport vari­ants. Both Sport and Cross mod­els fea­ture be­spoke ex­te­rior treat­ment. The CVT of­fer­ing is only avail­able in Xs grade.

Con­nec­tiv­ity for Mil­lenials

On the Xs, Cross and Sport mod­els, in ad­di­tion to the stan­dard AM/FM, USB and Blue­tooth func­tion­al­ity, the new au­dio sys­tem fea­tures full Smart­phone in­te­gra­tion and sup­port via Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto + pro­to­cols. Whilst CarPlay uses stan­dard­ised Ap­ple ap­pli­ca­tions with Siri in­te­gra­tion, An­droid users are able to fully cus­tomise which ‘apps’ they would like to ‘mir­ror’ on the au­dio screen.

A built-in satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem is also in­cluded.

Com­fort and Util­ity

Lug­gage ca­pac­ity has in­creased by 8% (ver­sus the out­go­ing model) to 310 litres – mak­ing the Yaris an ex­cel­lent travel com­pan­ion.

Safety Sense

The Xi, Xs and Cross mod­els are equipped with driver and pas­sen­ger Airbags, Isofix points, ABS with Brake As­sist (BA), Elec­tronic Brake-force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC), seat­belt pre­ten­tioner and force lim­iters as well as Hill As­sist Con­trol (HAC).

Model Line-Up

Price ranges from R 230 800 for the 1.5 Xi MT to the 1.5 Sport at R 286 000.

Photo: Quick­pic

The new jazz­ier Yaris.

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