Toyota Ireland is delighted to announce the arrival of the brand new generation Yaris. The Yaris has long been a favourite of Irish customers, and is a model which has enjoyed sustained popularity and a reputation for consistent innovation.
The Toyota Yaris has an impressive heritage as an innovator. The first-generation model, launched in Europe in 1999, was Toyota’s first model to win the European Car of the Year title, and was distinguished by its “big small” character with its remarkably spacious interior. The second-generation Yaris was the first B-segment model to gain a top five-star rating in Euro NCAP’s safety testing programme, while the third-generation introduced hybrid electric power to the small car market for the first time and made further advances in safety with the standard provision of Toyota Safety Sense advanced driver assistance systems.
The latest generation Yaris, has been redesigned both inside and out. Born from a ‘Why Stop?’ attitude, Toyota’s spirit of continuous improvement helped define its new shape, new tech and better performance. Its new dynamic design and an engaging interior will appeal to those who are motivated by stylish looks, a dynamic drive, and those who want a progressive car that has less environmental impact.
The new Yaris is designed for customers looking for an energetic and dynamic style and will appeal to those who want their car to reflect their values. The Yaris’ exterior design concept is defined as ‘Condensed and Agile’- always ready to move and be enjoyed.
Chief Engineer Yasunori Suezawa explained: “I wanted the styling to capture the stance of an athlete on the starting blocks. You can see this in the rear wings and the car’s new proportions – wider, lower and more compact – giving the impression of condensed power.”
The exterior styling amplifies the effect of the condensed proportions with strong character lines down the side of the car that project a sense of forward motion. Powerful front and rear wings add to the overall taut, coherent look and, together with the sculpted door panels, project a sense of agility and the car’s ‘ready-to-go’ character.
The interior design follows a ‘less-is-more’ principle, creating an open and spacious area for the driver and front passenger. High-quality materials can include an innovative felt trim finish for the door panels and, for the first time in a Yaris, a soft-touch instrument panel to deliver a warmer cabin ambience. Throughout, sensory quality has been a key focus point, in terms of the touch, operation and sound of the controls, colours, illumination, shapes, patterns, graphics and overall appearance.
The key for Toyota meeting its ambitions for the new Yaris is the first application of the Toyota New Global Architecture – TNGA – philosophy to a small car through the new GA-B platform. The GA-B platform is central to the Yaris’ improved dynamic performance, giving a lower centre of gravity and much greater body rigidity.
The new GA-B platform is engineered to deliver enhanced driving enjoyment and is central to the new Yaris’ confident and natural feel. The car’s stability inspires confidence, while its response to the driver’s inputs is natural and precise, leading to a heightened sense of agility.
The GA-B platform has allowed for a significant increase in body rigidity, which fosters vehicle stability and ride comfort, together with lower noise and vibration levels
This approach is complemented by advances in active and passive systems to create the world’s safest compact car. Reinforcing its reputation as a segment leader in safety, the Toyota Yaris again raises the standard. True to Toyota’s commitment to democratising safety, it benefits from a greater range of Toyota Safety Sense active systems as standard, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Lane Trace Assist, Emergency Steering Assist and Intersection Turn Assistance.
The functionality of the Pre-Collision System has been increased so that it can detect pedestrians by day and night and cyclists in daytime driving. New Yaris also offers segment-first Intersection Turn Assistance to recognise collision risks with oncoming traffic and pedestrians when making a turn at a crossroads, and is the first Toyota to be equipped with centre airbags. These help prevent driver and passenger colliding with each other in a side impact. With these provisions and the benefit of significantly increased body rigidity from the GA-B platform, Toyota aims to make the new Yaris the world’s safest small car.
The new Yaris can be equipped with other high-tech convenience features such as LED headlamps, an 8” Touchscreen display, Smart Entry and special ambient cabin lighting around the driver’s cockpit. The ergonomic design makes controls intuitive to locate and use, while the dashboard itself has been made slimmer and is set lower, with a wider and higher centre console.
The driver’s instrument binnacle can be fitted with twin digital meters flanking the TFT multi-information display, and is presented with just a shallow hood. Last, but not least, the steering wheel size has been reduced for better visibility supporting the ‘eyes on the road, hands on the wheel’ concept.
All new Yaris grades enable smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing users easy access to their favourite apps using the car’s central multimedia control screen.
New 1.0L and 1.5L Yaris Petrol – Available now
The new Yaris petrol has our most efficient 1litre and 1.5litre petrol engine driving from 5.6L/Km (50mpg) and with low CO2 emissions. It’s the most affordable entry into the new generation Yaris and has a sporty drive, manual gearbox, higher HP and lower CO2. It packages tech spec, design and safety features all for just €18,950, or €157 per month on PCP.
In fact customers can upgrade to the new Yaris petrol for only €27 more per month on PCP versus the outgoing petrol model.* The new Yaris petrol is available for test drive and sale now.
*Current generation Yaris Petrol Luna Vs. New generation Yaris Petrol Luna grade
New 1.5 Hybrid Dynamic Force: More responsive and more efficient
Toyota’s recognised leadership in self-charging hybrid technology is built on more than 20 years’ experience. The new Yaris uses the latest, fourth-generation Toyota hybrid technology and introduces new components that have been engineered to be compact, lightweight and efficient. It also equips the car with its first TNGA engine.
For the engineering team, the focus was not just on delivering a more efficient system, but also on making the car more enjoyable to drive, with tuning and calibration to suit all road types.
The data indicates the scale of the achievement. Overall efficiency has increased by 20%, which typically would be at the cost of performance. In fact, power is 16% higher at 116 DIN hp (total system output), with a 15% improvement in 0-100 km/h acceleration, to 9.7 seconds, and sharper response to the driver’s use of accelerator.
The car’s all-electric EV capabilities have been transformed and EV driving is possible for longer periods in urban traffic. This means drivers can enjoy many of the benefits of a battery electric vehicle, but at a lower price and with no concerns about when or where the battery can be recharged.
CO2 emissions have dropped to as low as 88 g/km with the WLTP combined cycle fuel economy figure from 3.9 l per 100km, which is a 20% improvement compared with the outgoing Yaris hybrid.
These values are unprecedented for a Toyota model and demonstrate the ability of hybrid electric technology to deliver even higher efficiency, without sacrificing performance. Similar to the new Minor-change C-HR, customers will now be able to see the amount of time they are in EV mode in the new Yaris self-charging hybrid, with some of Toyota’s C-HR achieving up to 80% of their journey time in EV mode.
To keep up to date with more information and be the first to hear news on the Yaris Hybrid, customers are encouraged to go to Toyota.ie to find out more, register their interest, or talk to their local Toyota dealer.
Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland commented on the announcement: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of the new fourth generation Yaris with the petrol model arriving in Ireland now and the self-charging hybrid variant arriving later in the year. The Yaris has been a pinnacle of driving innovation since it was first launched in 1999. It has gone from strength to strength, not least in winning the WRC in 2018.
Since its arrival in the Irish market in 2012, the Yaris hybrid has performed incredibly well, and despite it being in its 9th year, it’s still the best-selling car in its segment in 2020. The newest generation Yaris has the most efficient hybrid powertrain and is developed on the global TNGA platform. Following on from Akio Toyoda’s “No more boring cars” statement this latest Yaris shows that with an energetic and dynamic design and the latest self-charging hybrid technology this car will be perfect for customers with an eye for design and a desire to make sustainable choices.
We’re delighted to offer an affordable entry to the new generation Yaris with our petrol model which is extremely competitively priced with a fantastic PCP offering, which we will appeal to our younger customers.
The Yaris really represents Toyota’s spirit of continuous improvement and reinvention and with this new generation of Yaris we look forward to introducing our customers, both current and new to Toyota’s dynamic range.”
The Yaris petrol is now available for test drives in Crossings Toyota Naas.
For those interested in the Yaris self-charging hybrid electric, you can register your interest today for eclusive updates as to pricing, specification and arrival date in Ireland later this year.
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