Toyota Upgrades 2012 Yaris in UK with New Tech, Releases More Photos

By Matthew Askari | July 14, 2011
Toyota has released photos and additional information on the 2012 Yaris for the UK market, and it's a good sneak peek at what we can expect when the next-generation Yaris subcompact car debuts in the U.S. Overseas, the Toyota Yaris will enter the 2012 model year with a more dynamic look and, of course, the car is more efficient than before. The UK-spec Yaris will be fitted with Toyota Touch and Go, a full-color multimedia touch screen with basic “infotainment” features, AM/FM radio, CD/MP3  player, USB, trip information and a rear-view camera. An upgrade to Touch and Go is available, which includes a satellite navigation system. Most mobile phones can even be synchronized using Bluetooth to allow for Google searches and hands-free calling. This may be Toyota’s answer to Ford’s newly expanded Sync capability. As we recently reported, the Yaris is expected to once again come with a base 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that may be paired with a five-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. That CVT will offer a seven-step manual mode that can be controlled with the gearshift lever or paddle shifters on the steering wheel. It's an unexpected feature in the subcompact class we first saw on the Honda Fit.  We hope the SR model, with part-leather seats, a lowered suspension, and 16-inch wheels, makes it to the U.S. Deliveries in the UK begin in September.
Source: Toyota