Toyota Yaris 2012 hatchback debuts in UK
It easily goes without saying that Toyota Yaris rules the sub-compact car segment in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the GCC. First introduced in 2006, Yaris became such a hit among the public that it simply wiped off the competition, gaining much more success rate than its predecessors, the Tercel and the Echo. And probably that is why Toyota decided to refresh the ongoing Yaris instead of moping it off the line-up, like they did with its ancestors. Toyota UK has taken covers of their all-new 2012 Yaris – and we are probably looking at the same “global” shape that may enter our region too.
The Yaris in UK will be available with three different motors – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder VVT-i gasoline unit making 68 hp and 93 Nm of torque, a 1.3-litre four-cylinder Dual VVT-i gasoline engine housing 98 horses and 125 Nm of torque, and a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel engine good for 89 hp and 205 Nm of torque. The gasoline engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.3-litre gasoline variant is optionally available with Toyota’s all new Multidrive S CVT transmission featuring manual mode with seven sequential steps. Other highlights include Toyota’s all-new Touch and Go multimedia system featuring a 6.1-inch colour LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth, rear parking camera, fog lamps, part-leather upholstery, rear privacy glass, panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, vehicle stability control, smart key system and button start.
The new Yaris is expected to hit the showrooms in UK by coming September. The rejuvenated subcompact may also arrive in the UAE and other GCC markets possibly by the fall of this year. Prices are unknown for now, though it does not matter anyway.
Keep track of updates in the Toyota Yaris buyer guide.