Thursday, 14 July 2011

Photo Gallery: 2012 Toyota Yaris

Toyota has announced prices of the new Yaris supermini, ahead of first deliveries in mid-September. The entry-level Yaris T2 starts from £11,170, a price increase of £640 over the current model, before topping-out at £15,385 for the top-of-the-line Yaris T-Spirit 1.33 Dual VVT.

The third-generation Yaris is longer, lighter, and lower than its successor. The revised exterior design boasts a more angled look, with a prominent lower grille and chunkier bumpers, while huge emphasis has been placed on interior quality. The longer wheelbase now provides better passenger and luggage space, with 35mm more legroom (than its predecessor) and a 347 litre luggage compartment.

Powertrains have been carried over from its successor, so on the petrol front a 3-cylinder 68bhp (67PS/51kW) 1.0 litre VVT and 98bhp (97PS/73kW) 1.33 litre VVT 4-cylinder is offered, alongside a 90bhp (89PS/67kW) 1.4 D-4D. The tiny 998cc engine is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission and produces 93Nm (69lb-ft) of torque at 3,600rpm. This allows for CO2 emissions of 111g/km and a combined fuel economy figure of 58.9mpg (4.8l/100km). The larger 4-cylinder petrol engine acquires its peak torque of 125Nm (92lb-ft) at 4,00rpm. When linked to Toyota's “Multidrive S” CVT gearbox, the Yaris emits 118g/km and returns 56.5mpg (5.0l/100km). The quickest and most economical engine is the 1.4 D-4D with DPF (diesel particulate filter) diesel with 250Nm (184lb-ft) arriving between 1,800rpm – 2,800rpm. With carbon emissions of 104g/km, the Yaris diesel returns 72.4mpg (3.9l/100km) and is matched to a 6-speed manual.

Four grades are on offer, from the base T2, lower-mid spec TR, high-mid spec SR, and the range-topping T-Spirit. The T2 comes equipped with 15” steel wheels, black plastic door handles and door mirrors, electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors w/integrated indicators, urethane steering wheel, electric front windows, height adjustable driver's seat, ESP, 7 airbags (twin front, side, curtain, single knee driver's airbag) and a 5-year warranty.

Expected to be the most-popular, accounting for two-thirds of sales, is the TR trim-level and features 15” alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Toyota Touch multimedia system w/satellite navigation, USB port, Bluetooth, and reversing camera, front and rear chrome garnish, leather steering wheel and gearknob, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, and steering wheel audio controls.

The sporty SR trim features 16” alloy wheels, front fog lamps, rear spoiler, privacy glass, sports suspension, and part-leather interior. The flagship T-Spirit is lavished with 15” alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, panoramic glass sunroof, light and rain sensors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear electric windows, cruise control, and keyless entry and start.

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