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by George Skentzos

Toyota Australia has introduced a new special edition version of its popular Yaris hatch, which offers more than $1000 of added specification for just $500.

Based on the YR three-door and five-door hatch versions, the Yaris Edge models will start from $16,190 for the three-door model coupled with a manual transmission.

Added equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels and foglamps as standard from the more expensive YRX model, along with a six-stack CD player with audio streaming capabilities and USB connection.

Toyota launches special edition Yaris Edge

The unique Edge treatment adds branded floor mats with brushed aluminium badging and a special-edition “Edge” soft-metal badge on the tailgate.

The Yaris Edge is powered by a VVT-i equipped 1.3-litre, four-cylinder engine that is capable of returning 700km on regular unleaded from its 42-litre tank, based on the official combined fuel economy of 6.0L/100km for the manual.

Standard safety features include twin front airbags, anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake distribution and seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters for the front seats.

Customers can also opt for the enhanced safety pack at $750 that incorporates side and curtain airbags.