YOURCAR Yaris hot hatch set for Geneva T

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Your Ads - Satur­day, Jan­uary 14, 2017

oy­ota is set to re­veal a new high-per­for­mance ver­sion of the Yaris su­per­mini at the Geneva Mo­tor Show.

In­spired in part by the new Yaris WRC rally car, which will de­but at next week’s Monte Carlo rally, the new­comer will fea­ture a prom­i­nent rear spoiler, cen­tral ex­haust out­let, and huge front grille.

Toy­ota’s pub­lic­ity shots also show some black and red de­cals, al­though it’s un­clear whether these will make it on to pro­duc­tion mod­els.

The Ja­panese brand has not yet said what will power the three-door hot hatch, and no per­for­mance fig­ures have been mooted, but it has con­firmed that the en­gine will pro­duce “more than 210bhp”.

As well as this high-per­for­mance model, Toy­ota will be mak­ing changes to the stan­dard Yaris line-up, bring­ing de­sign mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­side and out, as well as a mod­ernised in­te­rior.

Toy­ota also says the Yaris will get a range of tech­ni­cal up­grades as the com­pany at­tempts to im­prove the pop­u­lar su­per­mini’s com­fort and han­dling.

De­tails of these up­grades are scant, but the cur­rent petrol-elec­tric car may well get some sort of pow­er­train up­date.

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