Revealed: First Photos Released of Next-Generation Toyota Yaris Subcompact Hatchback

By Zach Gale | June 17, 2011
Toyota revealed the first official photos of the next-generation Yaris subcompact this week. The small Toyota will go on sale in the UK this summer, but it's unclear when the U.S. market will receive a tweaked version of the new car to battle the competition in a growing segment. In the U.S., the 2011 Toyota Yaris is now on the older side with new entries recently released like the Mazda2, Ford Fiestas, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, and Chevrolet Sonic. A 2011 Yaris three-door starts at $13,915; add a few hundred more if you want a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback.
Unlike the subcompact Ford Fiesta hatchback, the five-door Yaris shown here appears to have more conventional styling. Inside, the major difference is the availability of a navigation system. That feature is no longer restricted to luxury cars, though there's no confirmation whether the U.S.-spec car will receive this option and its 6.1-inch touch screen. What we can say with more certainty is that the new Yaris in the U.S. will ditch the center-mounted instrument cluster.
In the UK, 1.0- and 1.3-liter engines will be available, plus a 1.4-liter diesel. Don't count on the diesel engine ever reaching the U.S. A 2011 Toyota Yaris is EPA-rated at 29/35-36 mpg city/highway with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission mated to a 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Expect increased fuel economy on the upcoming Yaris. Toyota says the Yaris was designed with a "compact outside, spacious inside" theme, and we're looking forward to seeing just how well the U.S.-spec Yaris compares to a reinvigorated segment. Source: Toyota