New Toy­ota Yaris to power homes ready Fe­bru­ary

The Punch - - TRANSPORT - En­gine Rasheed Bisiriyu

Anew-gen­er­a­tion Toy­ota Yaris that can also be used as a power gen­er­a­tor dur­ing black­outs and any other emer­gency will be launched in Ja­pan in Fe­bru­ary 10 next year, the au­tomaker has said.

“The new Yaris fea­tures a 1,500-watt ac­ces­sory power out­let. This not only al­lows the use of elec­tri­cal prod­ucts us­ing the same elec­tri­cal out­lets found in the home, but also en­ables the ve­hi­cle to be used as a power gen­er­a­tor dur­ing black­outs and other times of emer­gency,” Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion said in a state­ment ob­tained from its web­site on Tues­day.

Toy­ota is op­ti­mistic about the new Yaris be­com­ing a highly pop­u­lar com­pact car, adding that for this rea­son, it is equipped with a wide range of ad­vanced and con­ve­nient func­tions.

For in­stance, it says it is the first Toy­ota car to be equipped with the Toy­ota team­mate ad­vanced park (in­clud­ing panoramic view mon­i­tor func­tions) and the Toy­ota’s ad­vanced park­ing sup­port sys­tem.

The car is said to fea­ture the lat­est Toy­ota Safety Sense, which is now ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing on­com­ing cars when turn­ing right at an in­ter­sec­tion, and of de­tect­ing pedes­tri­ans cross­ing the street when turn­ing right or left.

The new Yaris also comes with Turn Tilt Seats, which make it eas­ier to en­ter and exit the ve­hi­cle.

Its Dis­play Au­dio can be con­nected to smart­phones and it is fit­ted to all grades as stan­dard, ac­cord­ing to the auto firm.

Toy­ota also says the new model Yaris adopts the newly de­vel­oped Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture plat­form (GA-B) for com­pact cars.

It is said to be the first Toy­ota com­pact car to fea­ture the E-four elec­tric four-wheel-drive sys­tem.

It says, “The new Yaris was de­vel­oped to com­bine the nim­ble han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tic of com­pact cars with high-qual­ity ride com­fort and the lat­est safety and se­cu­rity tech­nolo­gies that sig­nif­i­cantly ex­ceed cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The new Yaris is the first model to adopt the TNGA plat­form for com­pact cars, and fea­tures a light­weight and highly rigid body with a low cen­tre of grav­ity.”

The car’s next-gen­er­a­tion hy­brid sys­tem is based around a 1.5-litre in­line three-cylin­der Dy­namic Force En­gine, and fuses pow­er­ful, seam­less driv­ing per­for­mance with world-lead­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency for a com­pact car of 36.0 kilo­me­tres per litre, ac­cord­ing to the WLTC test cy­cles.

The au­tomaker says the petrol-pow­ered grades are equipped with a newly de­vel­oped 1.5-litre in­line three-cylin­der Dy­namic Force En­gine, with the op­tion of ei­ther a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or a di­rect shift-cvt with 2WD or 4WD set­tings that pro­vides smooth, di­rect ac­cel­er­a­tion.

“In order to pro­vide cus­tomers with a greater va­ri­ety of choice, there is also a grade that pairs an im­proved 1.0-litre en­gine with a lighter and more com­pact CVT,” it states.

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