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The 2021 Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport shown here in green New 2021 Toyota Yaris jumps in price, hybrid from $29k, spec makes huge leap

Pricing announced this afternoon for the new 2021 Toyota Yaris has revealed a range that has jumped in price by $6,740 over the outgoing third-generation shape. The all-new 2021 Toyota Yaris will be offered in a three-range lineup that starts at $22,130 with a new 1.5-litre petrol engine, while the first-ever Yaris Hybrid for Australia will start from $29,020.

In a briefing to motoring media today, Toyota was at pains to demonstrate that the new Yaris is a far more substantial change between generations than normal. Sitting the company’s new TNGA-B platform, the 2021 Yaris introduces a comprehensive safety package – including new features like centre airbags, intersection emergency braking and automated lane tracing – but Australian buyers will be asked to stump up much more cash than before. Other city-sized small cars, like the Volkswagen Polo, are now officially more affordable.

In fact, Toyota Australia’s vice president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, made the argument that the new entry point to the brand’s lineup in Australia – which has long been the Yaris – is now in effect the Toyota’s Certified Pre-Owned used car purchasing scheme.

The Toyota Yaris 2021 interior and dashboard
A look at the interior of the new Toyota Yaris ZR

Mr Hanley said that the pricing changes to the Toyota Yaris represent “a strategic shift in our approach, but we remain confident of the performance and role that this new generation Yaris will play in the Toyota lineup.”

“There is a cost involved in bringing this level of technology and safety to market,” Mr Hanley said. Yet Mr Hanley did not rule out the notion that as the costs behind hybrid and autonomous safety technologies decrease over time, entry-level vehicles like the Yaris may become more affordable later on.

Key to the appeal of the 2021 Yaris is the introduction of a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder ‘Dynamic Force’ naturally aspirated petrol engine for all grades. This powertrain will be supported by an optional hybrid system that will make the new Yaris the most fuel-efficient combustion vehicle ever sold in Australia. In petrol form, the 2021 Yaris produces 88kW/145Nm, while the hybrid produces a combined 85kW, pairing a 67kW/120Nm tune of the 1.5-litre engine with an electric motor that produces 59kW/141Nm.

The Toyota Yaris 2021 ZR shown here in blue
The new Yaris steps up in price and equipment

Three familiar grades will be available in the 2021 Toyota Yaris – but only the two highest-specification variants will be available with the optional hybrid that consumes just 3.3L/100km of petrol on the combined cycle, while the petrol engine consumes 4.9L/100km with an automatic gearbox and 5.4L/100km with the manual.

The Yaris hybrid powertrain will be priced $2,000 higher than its petrol counterpart. Mr Hanley told Chasing Cars that in future, as the cost of hybrid components continues to decrease, the pricing gap between petrol and hybrid could tighten.

Starting from $22,130 before on-road costs as a manual (about $25,000 driveaway), the 2021 Yaris Ascent Sport kicks off the range with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection night and day, and daytime cyclist detection. Lane tracing assist, active cruise control, intersection braking, road sign assist, a reversing camera and automatic high beam round off the included autonomous features, while eight airbags – including two centre airbags – are included.

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The Yaris makes use of a new 1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder, with or without hybrid help

A seven-inch touchscreen will be standard, including wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (through the sole USB port in the cabin). DAB+ digital radio is included, while six speakers link to all audio sources including a Bluetooth connection. A 4.2-inch trip computer display sits ahead of the driver, who uses a plastic steering wheel and shifter. The seats are covered in fabric.

Outside, the Ascent Sport grade will wear 15-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, while sporting halogen headlights and LED tail lights. There are ventilated disc brakes up front and rear leading-trailing drum brakes, plus a physical handbrake inside. The suspension is MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the rear.

For the Yaris Ascent Sport, a CVT automatic gearbox for the 1.5-litre petrol engine is a $1,500 option. For more expensive grades, no manual will be available.

The Toyota Yaris SX 2021 shown here in red
The mid-spec Yaris SX will be the most affordable hybrid offer, priced at $29k

Moving up to the mid-specification Yaris SX ($27,020 petrol, $29,020 hybrid) represents a $3,390 upgrade. The SX brings 15-inch alloy wheels along with LED headlights and indicators, plus privacy glass outside. Inside, the seven-inch touchscreen gains satellite navigation with live traffic and a junction view. SX buyers also get automatic air conditioning, full keyless entry for the front doors and boot plus push-button start, a digital speedometer, soft-touch dashboard, leather steering wheel, and silver-coloured interior trim.

The Yaris SX is the first step in the new range where Australians will be able to option the Yaris with the hybrid, which is priced $2,000 above the petrol-only version, at $29,020 plus on-road costs. 

Finally, the top-specification Yaris ZR ($30,100 petrol, $32,100 hybrid) is a further $3,080 upgrade over the SX. The ZR adds larger 16-inch alloy wheels with a rear spoiler and a range of two-tone paint options outside, while inside, buyers will find sports front seats with embossed Y-print fabric, plus paddle shifters (for the petrol only), plus red trim highlights and a head-up display. The ZR completes the safety suite with the addition of blind spot monitoring.

The Toyota Yaris 2021 range shown in Ascent Sport, SX, and ZR grades
The 2021 Toyota Yaris launches in Australia this month
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2021 Toyota Yaris - 1 2021 Toyota Yaris detailed for Aus ahead of August arrival

Toyota Australia has confirmed and detailed the all-new Yaris ahead of its (delayed) debut in August this year, with the diminutive city car the first in its segment to offer the choice of Hybrid propulsion.

Mirroring its Corolla sibling, there are three variants locked in for Australia – the Ascent Sport base trim, mid-spec SX and range-topping ZR, pricing to be confirmed closer to launch.

Toyota has already detailed the power plants that will slip under the Yaris’ short bonnet – a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder with outputs of 88kW/145Nm is standard fit. A mega frugal 85kW 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain will be an option, though.

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The mid-spec Yaris SX

Fuel consumption is claimed at a seriously impressive 3.3/100km for the hybrid Yaris, which is available only with a CVT automatic gearbox. The turbocharged engine is impressive, too, at 4.9l/100km in WLTP testing, that’s available with a CVT or – enthusiasts rejoice – a six-speed manual.

Unlike the current car, the new Yaris sits on the Toyota’s new small-car TNGA-B platform shared with the coming Yaris Cross, this platform engineering bodes well for the little car’s handling.

Toyota’s move to Hybrid offers a real counterpoint to other what’s on offer from city-car stalwarts like the Mazda 2 and Volkswagen Polo, though Toyota will need to up the interior game from the current Yaris.

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The athletic ZR gets bigger wheels, boot spoiler.

From the images we’ve seen, the Yaris looks very promising from the outside, the updated and widened front grille lends it some aggression from the bonkers GR Yaris. A contrasting black roof on the pictured ZR model adds to the athletic exterior.

The option of a contrasting roof will be available in conjunction with some of the 12 exterior colours; there will be a choice between black or white to suit tastes.

Toyota hasn’t pushed quite so hard on the interior; first impressions indicate the Yaris will be conservative, though the usual goodies like steering wheel-mounted controls, separate climate control and partially digital instrument cluster are present.

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Inside the ever practical Yaris. It looks like purple paint will be offered, too.

That hybrid powertrain will be available as an option on the upper trim ZR and SX Yaris variants, just like the Corolla, the Ascent Sport is petrol-power only.

But, standard active safety tech is impressive for the class, the Yaris will use a combination of camera and radar to provide AEB with day and night pedestrian and cyclist detection, reverse camera, lane-keep assist and speed sign recognition across the range.

From the entry-level Ascent Sport, the Yaris sees a 7-inch touchscreen, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition, USB port, LED daytime running lights with Halogen headlights, 15-inch steel wheels and the choice of manual or CVT gearbox.

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Conservative, but the ZR gets red highlights.

15-inch alloy wheels are standard on the mid-spec SX, as is a CVT transmission, full LED head and taillights, leather-appointed steering wheel and gearknob, keyless entry and push-button start.

Toyota pitches the ZR as the more athletic variant and can be identified by its larger 16-inch alloy wheels and rear boot spoiler. Inside a head-up display, sports seats, red interior accents, paddle shifters – for the petrol variant.

More active safety technology is standard on the ZR with rear AEB, parking sensors front and rear and blind-spot monitoring, though there is no mention of adaptive cruise control.

The arrival of the all-new Yaris has been delayed to August 2020, with detailed Australian pricing to arrive closer to the launch.

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The entry-level Ascent Sport. Please don’t buy a gold one.
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Toyota Yaris Hybrid 2020 red Mega-frugal Toyota Yaris Hybrid locked in for Australia

Toyota Australia today confirmed that the new-generation Yaris hybrid hatch – a vehicle rated to use just 3.3L/100km of petrol – has been locked in for an Australian launch this year.

The fourth-generation Yaris was revealed in October, but strong predicted demand in Europe for the hybrid-electric version meant that it was unclear whether Australian buyers would be offered the fuel-sipping technology.

Those hurdles having been cleared, however, an Australian launch date for the hybrid has been locked in for May this year – with the Yaris hybrid set to take the mantle of Australia’s most frugal combustion vehicle.

The Yaris Hybrid pinches that title from Toyota’s own Prius C hatch, which the brand says will be discontinued upon the release of the new Yaris. The hybrid version of the Yaris will follow the release of the new 1.5-litre petrol-only variant in the coming months.

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Toyota’s better-looking new Yaris, pictured here in hybrid form.

Like its larger siblings in the Toyota range – the Corolla, C-HR and RAV4 – the new Yaris sits on Toyota’s rigid TNGA chassis. Longer and lower, the new Yaris should sport markedly improved driving dynamics when compared with the outgoing third-generation car, which we reviewed here.

Interior quality is also set to improve in the new car, with a more attractive cabin bundling a large central touchscreen with a partially digital instrument cluster – while a 10-inch head-up display will be an option.

Joining the petrol and hybrid Yaris options later in 2020 will be Toyota’s new halo hot hatch – the Yaris GR – though the very serious Gazoo Racing edition of the Yaris is actually a bespoke vehicle under the skin, sharing only a name with the garden variety iterations.

Pricing has not yet been announced on any iteration from the 2020 Yaris trio.

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The Yaris hybrid will drink just 3.3L/100km of petrol.
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2020 Toyota GR Yaris - 1 Toyota Details Unhinged GR Yaris Replete With WRC DNA

All-wheel drive, a bespoke 200kW turbocharged engine and unique body shape; you could be forgiven for thinking I’m talking about a rally car here. Those are but some details of Toyota’s new GR Yaris, a serious performance machine with performance enough to hang with the brand’s Celica WRC car from the 90s.

Toyota claims the GR Yaris is a product of the brand’s experience racing in one of the toughest motorsport disciplines, it’s a concept not unlike the Celica GT-Four the brand produced in the 90s to homologate their infamous WRC cars. And yet, the GR Yaris is a purely indulgent exercise.

Hot hatches in the Yaris’ regular class don’t stand much of a chance on paper; the Suzuki Swift Sport will be seriously outgunned with just 104kW, while the Renaultsport Clio 220 EDC and Volkswagen Polo GTI lack the all-wheel-drive tenacity promised by the GR Yaris.

Instead – by the time it arrives in Australia likely this year – the GR Yaris’ pricing will probably see it line-up against a larger class of rivals like the all-wheel drive Golf R and tenacious Hyundai i30 N.

Gazoo Racing has developed a bespoke turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine for the GR Yaris that summons absurd outputs of 200kW and 370Nm – making it the most powerful three-pot available. Toyota says this is possible thanks to ‘motorsport technologies’ gleaned directly from its WRC program.

An impressive kerb-weight figure of 1280kg is quoted which, combined with the bespoke engine, should see the GR Yaris complete the standard sprint in around 5.5 seconds.

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Enthusiastic drivers can rejoice that despite the gram-and-second focussed racing program having much to do in developing the GR Yaris, there is no lightning-fast paddle-shift found here. Instead, power is transferred by a proper six-speed manual gearbox which we already know Toyota does well.

There’s a trick all-wheel drive system tasked with putting the power to the road which Toyota (unsurprisingly) have called GR-Four. It’s a system unlike any other currently found in a production car that, thanks to trick gearing found in the front and rear differentials, can allow up to 100% drive to be sent to either front or rear axle.

In normal driving modes the default split is 40:60, while a sport setting can be selected where the car will default to 30:70 and in track mode – designed with maximum lap times in mind – the car will start from an even 50:50 torque distribution.

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A bespoke body was needed for the GR Yaris, to start the roofline sits a whole 91mm lower than a regular model with frameless doors to boot, while the imposing-looking fender flares see the GR swell to 1,805mm compared to 1,695mm for the regular grocery-getter.

Look closely and the number of doors of the GR Yaris is only three, chopping two from the five-door shell, the whole thing looks more like the WRC car than grandma’s Yaris.

Not content with unique bodywork and engine the chassis is also a custom item. Toyota says they combined the front half of their TNGA-B platform that underpins the normal Yaris with the more sophisticated TNGA-C platform as it offers sophisticated double-wishbone rear suspension and pre-existing all-wheel drive capability.

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It’s claimed that choosing this mix of platforms allowed the Gazoo Racing team to locate the engine lower and further back in the chassis too.

Toyota Australia is yet to confirm an arrival date but we expect the GR Yaris to arrive later this year. Sadly Australia isn’t slated for the ‘high-performance’ version that gleans stickier rubber and a rear LSD, but we still can’t wait to have a steer in this unhinged city-car.

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