20 October 2011 / Vehicles
Toyota has combined bold European styling with Japanese hospitality into the third generation Yaris. The bold exterior design opens up into a comfortable interior that's designed with driver enjoyment in mind.
The third generation Yaris combines the new corporate face of Toyota with European-inspired styling cues.
The design concept was to create a high quality compact car that embodies the new car's agile driving dynamics. The vehicle has a dynamic form that looks like it is always ready to go.
The fresh styling will appeal to existing compact car buyers, as well as customers moving from a larger vehicle.
Yaris' body is 100mm longer with a 20mm reduction in height. It has a stronger look with more angles, including sculpted fenders and heavily canted rear pillars for a bold stance.
Yaris introduces the new face of the next-generation Toyota family. Similar cues will be noticeable on the next generation Camry and the facelift Avensis wagon.
Prominent fenders emphasise the car's trapezoidal silhouette and the agile Y-shaped graphic around the lower grille.
Slimmer horizontal headlights frame the rounded, protruding nose. The deep lower air intake anchors the car's wide stance and emphasises the low centre of gravity.
From the side, Yaris reveals well proportioned, short overhangs which hint at the new model's stability, agility and dynamism. The distinctive, steeply sloping belt line - a styling cue for every Yaris - runs the length of the vehicle.
The side glass is larger and, for five door models, the removal of the division bar from the rear door window provides better visibility.
Front and rear bumpers have sharp edges that contribute to more efficient airflow. All Yaris models have a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.30.
The Y-shaped theme is also evident at the rear, which is complemented by prominent fenders and a curved silhouette.
Yaris is available in ten exterior colours, three of which are new - Celestial Blue, Glacier and Green Potion.
Inside, this new Yaris embodies Toyota's 'J-Factor' design philosophy of synergy, miniaturisation and embracing elements from nature.
Synergy was found between the opposing values of being fun to drive while also being spacious. Miniaturisation has allowed Toyota's engineers to deliver maximum packaging efficiency from a small body, while elements from nature can be seen in Yaris' unique surface textures.
Toyota designers have created a sportier and more functional interior while delivering more space for occupants and their luggage.
Toyota's interior design team have emphasised the fun-to-drive nature of Yaris with a sportier interior that's more pleasant for the driver.
The cockpit is more driver focussed with the analogue speedometer and other dials now located above the steering column.
All models have a comprehensive Multi Information Display (MID) with instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, range, clock, outside temperature and trip meter displays. An eco-drive indicator for automatic transmission models shows whether or not environmentally friendly acceleration is being performed.
Strong horizontal lines feature throughout the cabin for a feeling of width and space.
Major controls and switches are ergonomically located for high visibility and ease of use.
The 50mm wheelbase increase has been utilised to provide more legroom in the back seat and a substantially longer and roomier cargo area.
Knee space in the rear has been improved by 35mm while the cargo area is 145mm longer, expanding the luggage capacity to 286 litres.
The premium nature of the interior includes graduated graining. The dashboard grain pattern is strongest near the driver and gradually decreases in intensity towards the passenger door. All interior materials in this new Yaris exceed class standards.
Yaris has a dark grey interior colour scheme, with sporty two-toned seats.
This new Yaris is expected to set the benchmark for NVH in the small segment, with a remarkably quiet interior space where music and conversation can be enjoyed comfortably.
Toyota's new generation Yaris has an improved driving position, for increased comfort and convenience.
The steering wheel is D-shaped for a sportier look and more knee room. The rim has large finger rests for a more comfortable feel and more natural grip. All models have audio controls on the steering wheel.
The themes of sportiness and comfort extend to the front seats which have a new frame and padding structure to improve body-hugging performance.
The driver's seat slide mechanism has 24 settings, and the seat lift range has been increased, making it easy for drivers of many heights to find the perfect seat location.
The three door version has a convenient walk-in system for rear seat access, with a lever located on the top of the front passenger seat shoulder.
Toyota's innovative package design is highlighted by the impressive selection of cabin storage areas.
There are 22 storage spaces in the three door model and 24 for five door variants.
All models have four cup holders, a large glovebox with hidden area to store the owner's manual, front seat back pockets, front door trim bottle holders and pockets, a centre cluster box with removable partition, driver's upper storage box and box in the footwell area and a tray for the front seat passenger. Five door models have additional storage in the rear doors.
The luggage area deck board has upper and lower positions, giving customers the choice of more luggage space, or a hidden area under the floor.
The rear seat has a 60/40 split folding arrangement for load carrying flexibility while the low luggage door opening height makes it easy to get bulky items in and out of new Yaris.