Toyota Yaris

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The third-generation Yaris is here, with expected fuel economy of 72.4 mpg for the 1.4-litre D-4D model, and 58.9 mpg for the 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine.

The new Yaris continues with the same range of powertrains featured in the previous generation model: 1.0 and 1.33-litre petrol units and a 1.4-litre D-4D turbodiesel.

All engines benefit from the application of Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of engineering and design technologies which, combined with weight-saving measures and aerodynamics improvements, help cut fuel consumption and emissions without harming power and torque levels.

Toyota’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol, working with a five-speed manual transmission, generates 68 bhp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 93 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Fuel consumption has been improved by four per cent to 58.9 mpg and CO2 emissions are down by seven per cent to 111 g/km.

The 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine generates 98 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 125 Nm at 4,000 rpm. When matched to the new Multidrive S transmission, fuel economy is 56.5 mpg and CO2 emissions are 118 g/km.

Multidrive S, Toyota’s latest continuously variable transmission (CVT), features a manual override, sequential seven-step mode that the driver can operate using either the gearshift lever or paddle shifts on the steering wheel.

The 1.4-litre D-4D engine is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. It produces 89 bhp at 3,800 rpm and maximum torque of 205 Nm between 1,800 and 2,800 rpm. For the new Yaris, combined cycle fuel economy has been improved by seven per cent to 72.4 mpg and CO2 emissions are six per cent lower at 104 g/km.

All mpg figures are guidelines prior to official homologation.

The new Yaris will be offered in the UK in four grades: T2, TR, SR and T Spirit.

The TR is expected to command two thirds of new Yaris sales, it is available with all engine and transmission combinations, in three and five-door bodystyles. Key features of the TR include15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Toyota Touch with touchscreen audio controls, Bluetooth and rear parking camera

The SR, available exclusively with the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine, has a sportier profile with a range of interior and exterior styling elements. Equipment highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler, front fog lamps, part-leather upholstery, rear privacy glass and lowered suspension.

T Spirit focuses on premium features and is available in five-door format with the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Principal equipment of the T Spirit grade includes a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and smart entry and start.

The Toyota Touch audio system, including touchscreen controls, is fitted as standard to all but the entry-level new Yaris model in the UK, additionally providing Bluetooth, a USB port and a rear parking camera. This can be upgraded to the Toyota Touch and Go system which provides full map satellite navigation and access to a range of connected information services that can be accessed and downloaded via a dedicated Toyota customer portal.

On-the-road prices for new Yaris start at £11,170. Cars are available to order now, with first deliveries to customers from mid-September. Insurance groups will be announced in August.