Toyota to roll out 2013 Yaris Trend to replace current model

Article by Anita Panait, on January 14, 2013

Toyota will be revising its Yaris UK grade line up, intending to continue the strong success of the vehicle since its launch in late 2011. According to Toyota, the 2013 Yaris Trend, which was unveiled at the Paris motor show in September 2012, is set to replace the outgoing 2012 Trend grade. The 2013 Yaris Trend features exterior styling elements and dedicated interior finishes, textures and colors aimed at attracting younger car buyers who have an eye for fashion.

The 2013 Yaris Trend carries a style that enhances the most dynamic elements of the Yaris range. The vehicle’s distinctive character is fortified by highlighting the horizontal lines and boosting the link between the interior and exterior design.

The 2013 Yaris Trend will be available as a 5-door only, powered by a 1.33-litre petrol engine paired with either a 6-speed manual or Multidrive S automatic transmission.

Toyota also made sure for several details around the front end to distinguish the 2013 Yaris Trend from the current model, like the chrome elements in the fog light surrounds and headlamps.

Trend variants with white paint have matching white covers in the headlamp units. The 2013 Yaris Trend keeps its blacked-out B and C-pillars to create a floating roof effect, as well as the chrome door sills and door mirror covers.

The new model features 16-inch alloy wheels with machine-finished surfaces and a distinct two-tone design. The vehicle rear features a roof spoiler and LED lamp clusters present on the Yaris Hybrid.

2013 Yaris Trend could be availed in Pure White, Tyrol Silver, Burning Red and Decuma Grey. The interior styling mirrors the exterior design theme, with a black and white finish and a contrasting touch of ochre. Toyota posted a 52-percent increase in Yaris sales in 2012 to 27,151 units.

The first version of the Yaris was launch by Toyota in Europe back in 1999. Since then, each generation that followed was created in line with the “compact outside while roomy inside” philosophy. This is probably why the Yaris eventually became known as “Piccolo Genio,” which translates in English to little genius. Indeed, this is proof of how inventive the packaging of the first two generations was.

For this new model, which is its third generation, the Yaris remains to have all the smart design language present in the previous two versions. The exterior on the other hand reveals better appeal. Its design is not only elegant but made more dynamic and bolder. Further, the design was implemented in a manner becoming of a European compact car.

When it comes to dimension, the overall length has been increased by 100 mm and is now at 3,885 mm. Given that the B-segment has average length of 4 meters, this latest incarnation of the Yaris is set to become the segment’s most compact model. Another proof is that the turning circle is the best in its class at 4.7 meters. What this implies is that the new Yaris is agile especially during an urban drive.

Though the length was increased, the width is still the same, measuring 1,695 mm. However, the height was lowered by 20 mm and is now at 1,510 mm. This allows the Yaris to have a more athletic stance with a center of gravity that is truly lower.

Under the well-proportioned body, Toyota extended the wheelbase by 50 mm. Further, the overhangs in the front and the rear are made short. The wheel arches are made more pronounced and display agility, dynamics, and stability.

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