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by Tim Beissmann

Fresh images and details of the upgraded Toyota Yaris have been released ahead of its Australian introduction in September.

The images reveal the European Toyota Yaris range and provide the first look at the city-sized hatchback’s updated rear and interior styling.

New at the rear are revised tail-lights with stylised LED lamps and a reshaped bumper with a thin black lower diffuser insert.

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The cabin layout has been overhauled and now features a redesigned instrument cluster, slimmer vents, flush dash panel, new air conditioning controls, and a larger 7.0-inch infotainment display (unconfirmed for our market at this stage).

Each model grade gains new seat trim patterns, a larger area of soft-touch plastics, and satin chrome in place of the outgoing model’s normal chrome.

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Toyota also promises greater driving pleasure from the Yaris, boasting “comprehensive, customer feedback-driven improvements to its ride comfort and handling with a significant reduction in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)”.

Increased rigidity across the body, revised front springs and redesigned rear suspension, and changes to electric power steering system claim to deliver a more comfortable ride, better balance and body control, and improved steering feel, responsiveness and accuracy.

In addition to the increased body stiffness and retuned suspension, extra sound absorption material, revisions to the engine and exhaust system and revised aero features claim to reduce the level of noise and vibrations felt in the cabin.

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The European Yaris range features two petrol engines, one diesel and one hybrid. The Australian line-up will remain petrol-only, with the existing 1.3- and 1.5-litre four-cylinder units tipped to carry over with minor enhancements.

For the first time, the Yaris hatch will be sold exclusively as a five-door model in our market – a decision made on the back of low demand for the three-door variant.

Local pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to the Yaris’ September launch.

Click the Photos tab for more images of the Toyota Yaris.




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