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The current popular Toyota Yaris has been with us since 2005 and it’s about due for an update. The light-car segment success story is destined for a replacement next-year and here is the first sign of it.

If you’re wondering how that can possibly be the new Yaris, it’s not. It’s a mule spotted in Europe testing brakes and cooling. The strange test vehicle appears to be put together with parts from both a Yaris and Auris (Corolla), it appears to be both longer and wider than the current Yaris.

Little is known about Toyota’s work on the new Yaris. We can only suspect engines will be an improvement over the current ones and new engine variants will join the line up.

As Toyota has mentioned many times in the past all models in its range will eventually come with a hybrid variant which makes us think the Yaris is the next likely candidate.

We would be most interested in both hybrid and full electric Toyota Yaris variants. Expect more on the 2011 Toyota Yaris as it gets ready for production.