Toyota is about to reveal the new Yaris subcompact model for the European and Asian markets -also known as Vitz in Japan- but apparently, the first uncovered images have already surfaced online on a number of sites.
Not to be confused with North America’s Mazda2-based 2020 Yaris which is a completely separate model, the new Japanese hatchback is adopting Toyota’s latest and more emotional design language, following the same path of the C-HR and Corolla models. The front end looks smart and aggressive while the rear stands out thanks to its characteristic taillights that are connected via an LED strip.
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This is also the first Yaris model to be based on Toyota’s TNGA architecture, and more specifically on the GA-B platform. The Japanese car maker has already advertised the benefits of the Yaris’ new underpinnings, which include a much more rigid underbody, lower center of gravity and some pretty clever packaging.
Much like the new Corolla, Toyota’s new Ford Fiesta rival aims to offer a more engaging driving experience that will further set it apart from its predecessors. We’ve already spotted a colorfully camouflaged prototype of the sportier GR variant lapping the Nurburgring, which should indicate Toyota’s new intentions for the Yaris.
Of course, being a modern Toyota also means that the new Yaris will also come in at least one hybrid flavor, with reports talking about an electrified 1.5-liter powertrain with around 115 HP, which is 16 HP more than the current Yaris Hybrid.
Stay tuned for the reveal of the new Toyota Yaris/Vitz, which is expected to make its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.