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Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid cutaway

The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid , due to go on sale in the UK in June, is expected to deliver class-leading fuel economy and CO 2 , NOx and particulates emissions.

The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid uses a more compact version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system than that used in larger models, such as the Prius and Auris Hybrid, resulting in no reduction in space in the interior or the boot.

The full hybrid system for the Yaris uses a petrol engine and electric motor giving a total power output of 99 bhp.

The system uses a new 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine that weighs 16.5 kg less and is 10 per cent more compact than the 1.8-litre unit used in the Prius and Auris.

Other major components such as the electric motor, power control unit and transaxle were also made lighter and smaller: the size of the motor has been reduced by 20 per cent and the PCU by 12 per cent compared to those in Auris Hybrid; and the transaxle has shed 11 kg and is six per cent shorter.

The nickel-metal hydride battery pack and the fuel tank, in order to minimise the impact on cabin space for rear seat passengers and the size of the boot, are positioned under the rear bench seat, which means the car’s load space capacity and rear passenger space is unaffected.

With the benefit of full hybrid technology, the Yaris hybrid is set to deliver class-leading CO 2 , NOx and particulates emissions, together with excellent fuel consumption and low total ownerships costs.

Read our Toyota Yaris review