Just yesterday, leaked photos of the all-new Toyota Yaris made its rounds on the internet. Turns out, it really was the 2020 model that was shown. With the cat out of the bag, it seems that Toyota has decided to make it official rather than delaying the inevitable.
So here it is, and it's the European and Japanese-market version that goes first. It's also the first to use the new subcompact platform of Toyota, the TNGA GA-B (Global Architecture-B-Segment). Color us surprised because it was just a month ago when Toyota showed its chassis. It's also interesting that they pulled the covers off of the small hatch because its main rival, the Honda Jazz, will make its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, but we digress.
Like we said yesterday, the 2020 Yaris is a dramatic redesign over the previous generation. It has more interesting design details such as the large lower grill and upswept headlights. We mentioned that the roof appears lower than before and Toyota has confirmed that observation. Despite that, window area seems larger than before, and there are loads more character lines on its flanks. As for the rear, the C-HR is, again, an interesting design touch. It's worth noting that the Yaris nameplate will be adapted for the Japanese market, retiring the name 'Vitz' which has been around since the late 90's
Inside, it's a whole different world from its European predecessor and an entire galaxy away from the ASEAN model. It adapts the floating center screen seen in the Corolla, and has a rather funky-looking dashboard design. Along with that is a digital instrument cluster (possibly reserved for the top-spec models) and a sizable multi-information display. If that's not enough, it's even available with a panoramic sunroof to make the cabin look even bigger.
What about its engines? There are three to choose from although Toyota didn't mention exact numbers. It starts with a 1.0-liter, a 1.5-liter, and a 1.5-liter hybrid. In a bid to downsize, the trio of options all have three-cylinders instead of four. Toyota does say that the hybrid has about 15 percent more power than the previous model, so we might be looking at about 115 horsepower, maybe more.
As Toyota is shifting to more flexible and modular platforms, the ASEAN Yaris is more than likely to use this chassis in the future. There, however, is a very high possibility that the version we'll get won't look like this inside and out, but we can be certain about its underpinnings. With the fully redesigned Yaris out, the subcompact car market is heating up as the new decade approaches. That also means there could be an all-new Vios on the horizon too.