Luke Wilkinson 2019-04-02 12:52
Toyota has released its next-generation Yaris hatchback, and it looks suspiciously like a re-badged and re-nosed Mazda2
Toyota has revealed the first pictures of its 2020 Yaris hatchback. The new car is due to be officially unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show later this month, but it appears to be little more than a re-badged and re-bumpered version of the Mazda 2. Whether or not the model will be sold in the UK is yet to be confirmed.
From the outside, the new Yaris looks almost identical to the Mazda 2. Differences in the body panels are subtle, stretching to little more than a new front bumper, a wider grille, some fresh headlights and a redesigned ‘shark fin’ aerial. Everything else, including its rear lights, rear bumper, wing mirrors and even alloy wheels, is shared with the Mazda.
It’s much the same story inside. The Yaris XLE in our pictures shares its whole interior (apart from the steering wheel) with the Mazda 2 GT Sport Nav+, and features the same seven-inch infotainment system, the same leather upholstery and the same switchgear and climate controls.
We suspect the Yaris will also be powered by a Mazda engine because Toyota’s information details a 113bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol with similar specs to Mazda’s most powerful SkyActiv-G unit. Unlike the Mazda, though, the Toyota’s will be mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic, rather than a six-speed manual box.
When the Yaris reaches the US market in 2020, two trim levels will be offered. The basic LE trim comes with fog lamps, a rear-view camera, power-adjustable side mirrors, a range of USB ports, a multifunction steering wheel and a dash-mounted infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The range-topping XLE grade adds leatherette upholstery, climate control, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, automatic LED headlights and leather trim on the steering wheel, gearlever and hand-brake gaiter.
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Toyota’s use of Mazda’s bodywork, engines and interior for the new Yaris follows the pair’s recently announced manufacturing joint-venture. In an equally staked $1.6billion (£1.2million) investment, the two companies will open a new manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama, which will build the new Toyota Corolla and Mazda CX-3.
Pricing for the new Yaris, along with details about whether the new model will reach the European market, is likely to surface after it’s been officially unveiled at the New York Motor Show. Thus far, all Toyota USA has confirmed is that the new Yaris will be sold with a 36-month/36,000 mile warranty.
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Associated Advanced Gallery New 2020 Toyota Yaris to debut at New York – pictures