2017 Toyota Yaris Tries Out a Sportier Look

Refreshed styling and a new 1.5-litre petrol engine for updated Ford Fiesta rival

Toyota has revealed its revised Yaris supermini, which features a fresh design, a new engine and upgraded tech offerings.

It follows confirmation of a hot 210bhp Yaris. which will be based on this updated version and take on the Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTi.

Upgrades for the standard Yaris include a new naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine to replace the existing 1.33-litre engine. The new unit makes 110bhp and 1001b ft and is good for a claimed 0-62mph time of 11.0sec.

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Also on offer will be a revised hybrid model, the current version of which has accounted for 40% of European Yaris sales. The hybrid will use the new 1.5-litre engine and gets new engine mounts, driveshafts and subframe, which Toyota says reduce vibration and noise.

Other technical changes have been made to improve the ride and the steering accuracy.

The new Yaris range’s refreshed exterior features a sportier look, with a new front bumper and headlights as well as a reworked rear.

Inside, an updated range of trims will be available. Spec levels are: Entry, Mid, Mid+, Bi-Tone and range-topping Chic. A new instrument layout will be standard on Mid trim and above and includes analogue dials either side of a 4.2in colour TFT display.

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All trim levels come with Toyota’s Safety Sense package, which includes a pre-collision system, automatic emergency braking (AEB), automatic high beam control and lane departure warning.

Mid spec gets cosmetic alterations including chrome headlight detailing, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and upholstery upgrades. Mid+ adds a black grille and new 15in alloys, while Bi-Tone includes LED daytime running lights, 16in alloys and a rear spoiler. Top-spec Chic adds yet more cosmetic flourishes.

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Prices are expected to increase slightly over the those of the current model, which starts at £11,971. The new Yaris is due to be unveiled at the Geneva show in March.

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