Toyota is about to reveal the new Yaris subcompact model for the European and Asian markets -also known as Vitz in Japan- but apparently, the first uncovered images have already surfaced online on a number of sites.
Not to be confused with North America’s Mazda2-based 2020 Yaris which is a completely separate model, the new Japanese hatchback is adopting Toyota’s latest and more emotional design language, following the same path of the C-HR and Corolla models. The front end looks smart and aggressive while the rear stands out thanks to its characteristic taillights that are connected via an LED strip.
This is also the first Yaris model to be based on Toyota’s TNGA architecture, and more specifically on the GA-B platform. The Japanese car maker has already advertised the benefits of the Yaris’ new underpinnings, which include a much more rigid underbody, lower center of gravity and some pretty clever packaging.
Much like the new Corolla, Toyota’s new Ford Fiesta rival aims to offer a more engaging driving experience that will further set it apart from its predecessors. We’ve already spotted a colorfully camouflaged prototype of the sportier GR variant lapping the Nurburgring, which should indicate Toyota’s new intentions for the Yaris.
Of course, being a modern Toyota also means that the new Yaris will also come in at least one hybrid flavor, with reports talking about an electrified 1.5-liter powertrain with around 115 HP, which is 16 HP more than the current Yaris Hybrid.
Stay tuned for the reveal of the new Toyota Yaris/Vitz, which is expected to make its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.
2020 Toyota Yaris live images via Newsauto, Autonetmagz, Uzone