The Yaris Hatchback offered in North America is unlike the one by Toyota locally or even in the ASEAN region. In fact, you can even say that the US-spec Yaris isn’t really a Yaris at all: the 2020 Toyota Yaris in the US is, in fact, a Mazda2.
Yes, Toyota has partnered with Mazda to transform their diminutive hatchback into a Yaris. Despite the alteration of a few details, you can clearly still see the lines of the Mazda2 hatchback.
The main styling changes made by Toyota to the exterior are the new front bumper with a massive intake and the headlights with a sharper design. As for the rest of the car, the design has been directly lifted from the Mazda2, including the wheels. Thanks to the makeover though, it did give the Yaris Hatchback a more aggressive look over its Mazda counterpart.
Inside, it's the same story. Those familiar with the Mazda2 will feel right at home as no changes were made aside from the Toyota logo on the steering wheel. Under the hood, the North American Yaris Hatchback will use the same engine as the Mazda2 hatchback. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit produces 106 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels.
The Yaris Hatchback will be offered in two variants – LE and XLE – in the US. Both of which come standard with a wide array of safety features including six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Brake Override System (BOS).
This isn’t the first time that Toyota and Mazda have collaborated on a model though. The current generation US-spec Yaris Sedan, which was unveiled last year, is actually the Mazda2 sedan. Perhaps it is no surprise then that the new Yaris Hatchback would also be a Mazda.