The Toyota Yaris Hybrid will be the first full hybrid model in the European B-segment, and the company claims it will offer class-leading CO 2 emissions.
The new model brings Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain to the Yaris and it follows the launch of the Auris Hybrid in 2010 as the second core Toyota model to feature full hybrid technology, introducing the powertrain to the largest volume segment in the European market.
As the new flagship of the Yaris range, it shares the same new-design “face” of Toyota as its conventionally-powered sister models, but places priority on aerodynamic efficiency.
Toyota has downsized its Hybrid Synergy Drive for the Yaris, combining a new 1.5-litre petrol engine with a more compact electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack. The result is a system that is 20 per cent lighter than that used in Auris Hybrid.
Thanks to all the key HSD components being reduced in size, and the location of the fuel tank and hybrid battery under the rear seat, the Yaris Hybrid offers the same occupant space and 286-litre luggage capacity as conventional petrol and diesel Yaris models.
Toyota claims that the 98 bhp powertrain will deliver a segment-leading balance of performance and CO 2 emissions. Drivers will also be able to make use of drive modes that create zero NOx, particulate and CO 2 tailpipe emissions.
Automatic air conditioning and e-CVT automatic transmission come as standard.