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.
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.
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).
Price ranges from R 230 800 for the 1.5 Xi MT to the 1.5 Sport at R 286 000.
The new jazzier Yaris.