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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new 2011 Toyota Yaris has debuted at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne ahead of its local launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

The new Toyota Yaris hatch will be 100mm longer that the outgoing model, with half of that length added between the wheels. Toyota says the redesign has led to a “substantial increase” in cabin space, especially for rear-seat passengers.

The new Yaris scores styling updates inside and out. The exterior is much sharper, with bolder headlights, front bumper and intakes giving the car a more aggressive presence. The rear is also more muscular with stronger wheel arches and angular taillights.

The interior has also matured, while still maintaining a simple, clean and functional layout (overseas image shown).

New features for the Yaris include UV-reducing glass and a single windscreen wiper with an integrated washer nozzle.

Toyota Australia is yet to confirm local specifications for the new Yaris. Overseas, it is available with a 74kW/132Nm 1.33-litre engine as well as an 80kW/141Nm 1.5-litre petrol unit. A 1.4-litre diesel is also available overseas, although this engine is unlikely to be sold in Australia in the short-term.

Combined cycle fuel consumption for the smaller petrol engine ranges from 5.0 litres/100km to 5.4 litres/100km according to Toyota UK. Expect these figures to creep up marginally under Australian standards.

Toyota Australia is yet to announce information about the new Yaris sedan. Watch this space for developments throughout the day.

Full pricing and specification details of the 2011 Toyota Yaris will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s launch towards the end of the year.