Toyota has revealed the all-new fourth-generation Yaris ahead of its launch in the second half of 2020.
The new model will be built on Toyota’s latest platform, which underpins the recently-launched Corolla, C-HR and RAV4.
A new hybrid 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine will power the Yaris, delivering a 20% improvement in economy.
The new engine is directly derived from the four-cylinder 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre hybrid systems that were introduced in the new Corolla, RAV4 and Camry.
It also uses a new lithium-ion hybrid battery, giving increased output that enables quicker vehicle acceleration. As well as being more powerful, the battery is 27% lighter than the nickel-metal hydride battery it replaces.
Toyota says the new Yaris is designed to be the world’s safest compact car, featuring “significant advances” in both active and passive safety systems.
Advanced driver assistance systems include full speed-range intelligent adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist fitted as standard on every new Yaris.
The new Yaris is lower and wider than the current model, enhancing its road presence and stability, but not impacting practicality.
A lower centre of gravity and lower driving position contribute to enhanced dynamic qualities; making the new Yaris more engaging to drive.
The interior has been designed to maximise space and comfort. For the first time, the new Yaris features soft-touch materials inside.
Details of the UK model range, technical and equipment specifications and prices will be announced in 2020, nearer the on-sale date.