Arriving this summer the new 2014 Yaris is set to make a splash with Toyota’s revisions to its performance and efficiency levels.
Other improvements to the Toyota Yaris include tweaks to the ride, handling and comfort, which overall make the Yaris a much more enjoyable car to drive.
This was an important undertaking for Toyota, as the changes were made as a response to direct feedback from the public: Toyota customers, motorists in general and the media.
The new model follows the trend set by the new Aygo as it has a more distinctive look, owing to its front end which has a new cross-shaped arrangement with new headlight units.
The rear end has also benefitted from a new bumper, diffuser and new light cluster arrangement.
Overall the powertrain range has remained unchanged, drivers can still choose from two petrol engines, a diesel and a hybrid.
However, the three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol iteration has improvements to its thermal efficiency which sees it delivering better fuel economy and CO2 emissions now come in at under 100g/km.
Similarly the hybrid system’s CO2 levels have dropped from 79g/km to 75g/km, making it free to tax and from the London Congestion Charge. Toyota also claims that the hybrid system will also manage a combined cycle of 85.6mpg.
Other internal modifications include improvements to the Yaris’ suspension, handling and ride comfort, alongside reduced noise and vibration levels.
The interior of the 2014 Yaris has feature benefits over the old model and drivers can now choose from a wider range of equipment and colour choices.
Speaking on the new 2014 Yaris, Alessandro Massimino, Toyota’s product manager, said: “Yaris was always extremely strong in its rational dimensions. What we wanted to achieve was to connect the model not only with our customers’ brains, but also with their hearts.”
Overall the effect is a Toyota Yaris that has more aesthetic appeal and better performance, without the need to sacrifice any of its original qualities, namely its durability and cost of ownership.