Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New 2020 Toyota Yaris to Debut at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

2020 Toyota Yaris Front

Toyota showed off its next-generation Yaris liftback today on its global website. This means after more than a decade, the Yaris will finally get a full redesign. It will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, which begins October 23.

As you may know, the 2020 Yaris in the USA (and Canada) is a rebadged Mazda2, which is a fine car in it's own right. However, for the most part, it's simply a Mazda with a T emblem. New newly launched 2020 Yaris in Japan is a genuine Toyota product.

2020 Toyota Yaris street

The new global Yaris will be the first utilization of the TNGA platform for compact cars. The body is light, yet very rigid with a low center of gravity. Additionally, there will be four powertrain options:
  • The newly developed 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine and Direct Shift-CVT
  • The 1.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine with New-generation Hybrid System
  • The 1.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine with 6-speed manual
  • An improved 1.0-liter engine with a compact and lightweight CVT
The new Yaris will be offered, at least in Japan, with E-Four (electric four-wheel drive system), a first for a Toyota compact car.

2020 Toyota Yaris Blue

Toyota also says an accessory power outlet (1,500 W) is available for the hybrid version of the cars. With the accessory, electricity from the vehicle can be used to power electrical devices and appliances using the same type of electrical outlets found at home. Additionally, the vehicle can serve as an emergency power generator in cases such as blackouts. That's pretty neat.

2020 Toyota Yaris Rear

Chief Engineer Yasunori Suezawa, in charge of development of the new Yaris, explained, "This marks the 20th year since the first Yaris debuted, so we wanted to build a new-generation compact car that goes far beyond customers' preconceptions about class by building on the strengths of the Yaris as a compact car while revamping the platform, powertrain, and all other components. Compact cars are driven by many people, so offering a pleasurable drive was a priority, but it also prompted us to use the Yaris as the starting point of cars with the world's highest level of fuel efficiency and secure safety technology."

According to Toyota, this Yaris will go on sale in mid-February, 2020 in Japan.

There is a megaton of more information on Toyota's global website if you'd like to learn more. Auto manufacturers don't generally comment on future product offerings, and the Mazda-based Yaris hatchback is just debuting, so we don't expect to see this here any time soon if ever.

2020 Yaris Interior

2020 Yaris Three-Cylinder Engine

2020 Toyota Yaris Cutaway

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