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New Toyota Yaris on its Way to the US in 2006

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-i1.3 VVT-i1.5 VVT-i (US)1.4 D-4D
FuelGasoline Gasoline Gasoline Diesel
Cylinders3 4 4 4
Max power (kW/hp)51/69 64/87 79/106 66/90
Max torque Nm)93 121 140 190
0–100km/h (s)15.7 11.5 NA 10.7
Fuel consumption (l/100km)5.4 6.0 NA 4.5
Fuel economy (mpg US)43.639.2 NA 52.3
Emissions Euro 4Euro 4 NA Euro 4
CO2 g/km127141 NA 119

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!)



Cant wait to test drive the Yaris and Fit back to back.

Doug Hawley

I'd be interested only if they bring the start/stop and diesel to Canada.

Mikhail Capone


I don't think so. Not the CVT transmission either.

But at least we're getting it much sooner than the US. I think October 17th is the release date.

Mikhail Capone

Oh, and apparently the new Yaris is ULEV-II while the last version (the Echo hatchback here in Canada) was LEV, IIRC.


Once again, it's sad that our `Clean Air' laws, which don't take into account carbon dioxide emissions, have made the diesel version of this excellent little car unavailable to us Americans. If you're listening Toyota, try selling ONE diesel model here in the non-CARB states. I suspect it'd sell well given the price of fuel these days.


Mikhail Capone

Won't a new regulation about low sulfur diesel become effective soon (2007, maybe?)..? That could be what everybody is waiting for before introducing diesel engines in North-America.

Dave Lazur

Honda UK and EU already has quite a few Diesel options. I'm not familiar with the 2.2i-CTDi engine, but it has combined mileage of 55.4 in the new Civic, which is better than the diesel Yaris.

VW and Mercedes are already boasting increased sales of 10% in the US spurred by recent diesel sales.


55mpg in the UK = 45.7mpg in US gallons. UK gallon is 4.7 litres. US gallon is 3.78 litres.

Mike Weindl

45.7 US mpg is around 5.2 liters/100km, if I have calculated right. My Volkswagen Golf Diesel which I have
bought 1983 had that already on good days.
It had a stunning 88 Miles Topspeed with 50 HP and at cold
winterdays you had to be prepared to take the bus if you couldn't start it..
I wonder why you hear so little about the Volkswagen Diesels. They are the only one's with the Jeep Liberty on the market at the moment..

Dave Lazur

I wonder if the small car mfgs will hybrid the diesel engine? Seems to me it would naturally have a higher mpg than the petrol engines.


Diesel engines could benefit from hybrid drive, but there's already a ~$3000 price difference between a VW gasoline and diesel model, adding hybrid components to that would make for a prohibitively expensive small car, but very fuel efficient.


But you'd get a $2000 tax break if it was a hybrid. Sufficient to offset the excess cost once gas savings are taken into account.

Dave Lazur

There seems to be a premium charge for diesel engines in EU mfgrs. Is that also true for the Toyota & Honda?


Generally. The only vendor who has deliberately zeroed out the price premium on diesels as far as I know is Kia witih its Rio diesel supermini.


Do you have engine bay photographs for diesel engine of Toyota Vitz or Yaris (2005-2006)

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