Toyota released today the first photos with the Yaris Hybrid, its most advanced Yaris yet. Set to make its official debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new Yaris Hybrid follows the launch of Auris Hybrid as the second core Toyota model to feature hybrid technology. The new model is powered by a 1.5-liter petrol engine combined with an electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack.
According to the manufacturer, the system is 20 percent lighter than the one used in the Auris Hybrid. The highly efficienct 98bhp (74kW) powertrain promises to deliver a segment-leading balance of performance and CO2 emissions.
Just like any other Toyota hybrid vehicle, the Yaris Hybrid will offer three driving modes and one of the will make the Yaris act as an electric car. Moreover, the automatic air conditioning and e-CVT automatic transmission are fitted as standard, signalling that customers do not have to compromise on comfort in order to achieve low emissions performance.
When Toyota launched the first Yaris, the vehicle quickly earned the "Piccolo Genio" (Little Genius) nickname because of is ingenious packaging that makes it appear compact outside and spacious inside. All succeeding Yaris models were developed and designed using this key concept, and the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid is no exception. Featuring all the design DNA of the third-generation conventionally powered Yaris model, the hybrid unit still delivers a clever mix of compact packaging and spacious, practical interior.
Of course, customers need to easily identify the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid from the other Yaris derivatives. This was achieved by providing the hybrid model with an exclusive and aerodynamic exterior design marked by a new Under Priority frontal design element. This design element is defined by a Keen Look detailing as augmented by LED lights exclusive for the hybrid model.
Its front end is distinguished by a larger, trapezoidal lower grille flanked by aerodynamically efficient front aero corner treatments. This large lower grille on the lower bumper does not only help optimize engine bay cooling but also highlights the ground-hugging stance and low center of gravity of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid.
On the other hand, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid features slimmer upper grille -- sculpted to further emphasize the hybrid-blue Toyota badge – flanked by slim Keen Look headlights that feature standard chrome-plated 'eyebrows,' a LED 'light-guide', and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
Featuring the cab-forward silhouette and long wheelbase profile of the standard Yaris, the sides of the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid are marked by hybrid badging and exclusive wheel designs. The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid is around 20 mm longer than the standard model.
Its rear end, meanwhile, sports a hybrid-blue badged tailgate with a new, LED high mounted stop light. In addition, the rear end of the new Yaris Hybrid features stop lamp signature and clear lens combination lights with a LED tail.