2012 Toyota Vitz/Yaris makes its debut in Japan

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 22, 2010

Toyota revealed today the third-generation Yaris/Vitz, a new car that promises to offer new definition of the ideal compact car to meet consumers' diversifying compact-car needs. As you can see from the photos, the exterior of the car has been completely redesigned and now the car features a new key design concept and a new drag coefficient of 0.285.

Inside, the design theme is continued, featuring padding that extends horizontally from the instrument panel to the door trim, which conveys roominess and creates a sophisticated feel. The new car measures just 3,885 mm and has a turning radius of 4.5 m.

The interior length has also been extended to 1,915 mm, creating a roomier space. The vertical adjustment range of the driver's seat is now 60 mm (15 mm more than the previous model) and the seat slide adjustment range is 10 mm with 24 steps (8 steps more than the previous model).

The cargo space has been made 145 mm deeper, providing ample storage capacity. Furthermore, the new Vitz/Yaris is also the first vehicle in the world to use the new UV-reducing glass in the front-door glass that reduces 99% of ultraviolet light (read all about this new technology here).

Under the hood, we find a 1.3-liter engine equipped with 1NR-FE engine with Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), and featuring a new idling-stop function.

With the Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) transmission the car delivers a fuel consumption of 24.0 km/l. The four-wheel drive models are also equipped with Super CVT-i for smooth cruising and higher fuel efficiency.

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