|2007 Yaris for the US|
The re-designed Toyota Yaris, which had its world debut at the recent Frankfurt IAA, is on its way to the US in early 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle. Toyota will stage the premier of the new Yaris for the US at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in November.
The initial US Yaris will use a larger engine (1.5-liter) than its global counterparts, and appear first as a three-door liftback. A 1.5-liter gasoline engine was a standard option on the older Yaris, but Toyota removed it from its initial global lineup for the new Yaris.
The first version of the Yaris, launched in 1999, has been an extremely successful car for Toyota—with the sole exception of in the US market, where it was sold as the Echo and flopped. By contrast, the Yaris today represents 25% of all Toyota sales in Europe.
Toyota introduced the Japanese version of the second-generation model—the Vitz—in February (earlier post), followed by the global premier of the Yaris in Frankfurt earlier this month.
The new Yaris as shown in Frankfurt is slightly larger and roomier than its predecessor. It carries over the 1.3-liter, four cylinder VVT-i gasoline engine from the current range with 64 kW (87 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.
The new model also uses the latest version of the 1.4-liter D-4D 90 diesel which now develops 66 kW (90 hp) at 3,600 rpm and 190 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 3,600 rpm. The D-4D can accelerate the Yaris to 100 km/h in 10.7 seconds, making it the fastest car in the segment amongst those equipped with 1.3—1.5 liter diesel engines.
New to the Yaris range is the advanced 1.0-liter, three cylinder VVT-i gasoline engine which made it debut in the Toyota AYGO (earlier post), and replaces the older 1.0-liter powerplant. The new 1.0-liter engine weighs just 67 kg (148 pounds) yet delivers 51 kW (60 hp) of power at 6,000 rpm and 93 Nm of torque.
The 1.5-liter engine targeted for the US Yaris produces 79 kW (106 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. These parameters are very close to 1.5-liter engine version of the older European Yaris (77 kW/105 hp and 143 Nm torque). That engine consumed 6.8 l/100km of fuel (34.6 mpg) and produced 162 g CO2/km.
|Engines in the New Yaris|
|1.0 VVT-i||1.3 VVT-i||1.5 VVT-i (US)||1.4 D-4D|
|Max power (kW/hp)||51/69||64/87||79/106||66/90|
|Max torque Nm)||93||121||140||190|
|Fuel consumption (l/100km)||5.4||6.0||NA||4.5|
|Fuel economy (mpg US)||43.6||39.2||NA||52.3|
|Emissions||Euro 4||Euro 4||NA||Euro 4|
Unlike its cousin the Vitz in Japan, however, the world Yaris does not offer the start-stop function. Toyota did some minor tweaking on the 1.3-liter and 1.4-liter diesel to improve performance compared to the earlier versions, at an accompanying cost of a very slight increase in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new 1.0-liter engine, by contrast, is more efficient than its predecessor.
Sales in Europe begin at the end of 2005.
(A hat-tip to Lou Grinzo!)