The Yaris, designed and assembled in France, was long overdue for a remodel. This popular subcompact praised for its affordability and reliability has not seen many changes since 2011. Thus, Toyota seized the opportunity provided by the 2017 New York Auto Show to unveil both 3-door and 5-door models of the new Yaris. According to the manufacturer, this new Yaris is said to pack a little bit more “sportiness” than previous models.
First and foremost, the front of the car received some updates. The CE and LE trims are equipped with a new, redesigned grille, while the SE variant will benefit from more complex cosmetic changes, including a piano-black mesh grille encased in a chrome accent. Overall, the Yaris gets a wider look—starting with the horizontal, wider tail lights—all the way to the lower bumper accent, which was designed to give the Yaris a little more presence.
A little more substance in the cabin
Toyota also reworked the interior of its subcompact car. All trims will now benefit from standard equipment like backup camera, heated front seats, and hill-start assist control (HAC). A little touch of “sportiness” has also been added to the CE model, which includes a three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls.
That same CE variant also comes with a set of 16-inch alloy wheels.
Nothing exciting happened under the hood, however. Toyota carried over the 1,5 litre four cylinder engine from the previous model. This powerplant sends 106 horsepower to the front wheels using a choice of a five-speed manual transmission, or a four-speed automatic.
The 2018 Toyota Yaris will be in Canadian dealerships this summer.