New Toyota Yaris unveiled for 2020

Fourth-generation Toyota Yaris revealed with new hybrid technology; set to go on sale in summer 2020

The new, fourth-generation Toyota Yaris has been revealed, with the carmaker promising a cleaner 1.5-litre petrol engine, featuring the latest hybrid technology, when sales begin next summer. 

Performance figures haven’t been confirmed yet, but Toyota says the new Yaris will emit 20% less CO2 than the outgoing model: this could see emissions fall to as low as 65g/km, enough to qualify for exemption to the London Congestion Charge.

Meanwhile, combined power from the engine and electric motor is expected to increase by 15% to around 115bhp.

A new lithium-ion battery replaces the old car’s nickel hydride unit. With 27% less mass, it gives the car a weight saving of 20kg, while its ability to charge and discharge more quickly should result in a greater amount of running on electric power. Faster acceleration is anticipated, too.

The exterior design has evolved on the Yaris, with Toyota aiming to add more visual appeal by giving the new car the sharper, creased look adopted by the Corolla hatchback.

Unlike most new cars, the new Yaris is shorter than before at 3,940mm, although shorter overhangs have still allowed the firm’s engineers to increase the wheelbase by 50mm. This is made possible by a switch to Toyota’s TNGA platform, which also underpins the Corolla, RAV4 and C-HR SUVs.

The new Yaris also gets a strengthened, more rigid bodyshell, a stiffer torsion beam at the rear and a faster steering rack, Toyota hopes these measures will make the supermini more engaging to drive. The changes have also allowed the manufacturer to soften the suspension in the hope of improving the ride on rougher roads.

In addition, Toyota has worked hard to reduce ‘rubber-band’ revs - a common trait in hybrid cars where the engine is forced to rev suddenly to deliver acceleration - from the Yaris’s CVT transmission.

Inside, drivers will benefit from a full-colour, 10-inch head-up display, as well as a large central touchscreen and a digital dashboard behind the wheel. The Yaris will offer smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

The interior features a mix of soft-touch materials and durable plastics, while the seating position has been lowered by 36mm. The rear seats are geared towards children: tall adults may find that headroom is in short supply in the back.

Boot capacity hasn’t been confirmed, but it looks to be smaller than that of the Renault Clio.

Order books for the new Toyota Yaris are set to open next summer, with the first customer deliveries expected in September 2020.