The 2020 Toyota Yaris hatchback boasts of fresh new design which is quite handsome, comes loaded with features and gets the option of a hybrid powertrain as well.
Toyota introduced the Yaris sedan in India only in 2018, but the Yaris nameplate has been in existence for long now. The Yaris is sold as a hatchback in some international markets and ahead of the world premiere at the 2019 Tokto Motor Show, Toyota has globally unveiled the forth-gen 2020 Yaris hatchback. The 2020 Toyota Yaris is also the first car to be based on the brand’s all-new TNGA (GA-B) platform.
Toyota promises that the forth-gen Yaris hatchback will have a fun side along with the efficiency of a hybrid engine. Did you already not guess there would be a hybrid iteration. As for the powertrain options, there’s a newly developed 1.5-litre petrol and a revised version of the 1.0-litre petrol engine on offer.
Although Toyota hasn’t revealed the power and torque figures of either engine, we know that the 1.0 Liter engine will come mated to a CVT gearbox that will drive the front wheels. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre Dynamic Force Engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox for a front-wheel drive setup. It could also be mated to a direct-shift CVT for both, a Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive setup. As for the hybrid setup, the 1.5 liter engine will be coupled with an E-Four electric four-wheel drive system.
Talking about the design, the new Yaris is a very handsome looking hatchback. It is much more mature than its previous iteration, yet still unmistakably a Toyota with all its quirkyness. The face is dominated by a large gaping grille that expands the entire width of the bumper. There are new LED headlamp units and C-shaped fog-lamp housings completing the look of the face.
The all-new Yaris gets a dual-tone paint scheme and it looks very interesting in profile with the sloping rear end. The character lines on the sides of the car bring out the muscular rear haunches which makes it look much sportier than it actually is. The rear end has also been very well executed with a dual-tone, layered design, C-shaped LED tail lamps and blacked out elements on the rear bumper.
The inside has good news too. Toyota has followed an ‘eyes on the road’ approach for the new Yaris’ interior design. The dashboard layout is pretty conventional, not over-loaded with screens and seems pretty easy to use as well. It has no dearth of features however. It gets a high-mounted infotainment display and a heads-up display to reduce driver’s eye movement.
It gets Advanced Park – an automated self parking system – the first from Toyota to get this feature. It also gets tiltable front seats for easy ingress and egress, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, smart device link, dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beam, Toyota Safety Sense, ambient lighting, and lane tracing assist. The cabin also comes with increased storage spaces and practicality.
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Toyota is all set to officially premiere the 2020 Yaris hatchback at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and sales for this all-new model will commence from February 2020 in Japan. We do not have much hopes of Toyota bringing the Yaris, especially in this body style to India, but we really wish Toyota did. Toyota currently retails the Yaris sedan in India priced between Rs 8.65 lakh and 14.07 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).