Toyota unveils upgraded 2018 Yaris at 2017 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on April 21, 2017

A number of customers generally want to drive a simple car, preferably something that is affordable. This is why a lot of drivers want to have the Toyota Yaris. For the 2017 New York Auto Show, the brand revealed that it will be unveiling the 2018 Yaris which has some features on its exterior enhanced.

The biggest change is the front section where the small parts in the grille that connect the headlamps are no longer used. Instead there is now the body color trim that has been placed on the lower portion of the black grille. Further by having a pointed nose and the sweeping assemblies of the headlamp, the Yaris gets a profile that is more aggressive.

The rear section has been enhanced as well and while it has a better look compared to the previous version, it may not be that impressive for some. Both the hatch and the fascia in this section mirror the open-mouth style seen in the front. Having a new style as well are the tail lights which match the layout of this section. While the brand said that the redesign was aimed at giving this model a more athletic look, some customers may not immediately see this.

Power though has not improved as the four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine fitted inside it remains capable of producing 106 hp. This is then paired to the automatic four-speed transmission. Customers though can opt to have the manual five-speed transmission. Toyota revealed that all variants of the Yaris will come with the brand’s very own Safety Sense Suite which has a number of driving aids like the lane departure alert and the pre-collision system.

Changes were not limited to the exterior as the inside also reveals some updates. All of the Yaris models will now have the instrument cluster, a feature that, in the past, was solely exclusive to the SE model. This cluster includes three gauges that help monitor the current RPM of the engine, present speed, and even fuel levels. Meanwhile, a small LCD screen is available. With its gauges, the driver gets access to extra information. For the L model and the LE trim, the needed information can be displayed through a 6-inch screen with touch capability. SE models meanwhile will have the 7-inch screen. However, it needs to be said that Android Auto or Apple CarPlay will not be available.

With sales expected to begin later this year, the brand has yet to release the official price though estimates put it at around $15,000.

Aside from the 2018 Yaris, Toyota will be presenting as well the new Sienna which sports a new style. For the 2018 Sienna, Toyota made sure that comfort would be enhanced for all of its occupants. This is because for the brand, a minivan will always be about utility instead of style. Additional features include the laminated windshield which begins at the SE trim. Through this new windshield, Toyota said that harshness, noise, and vibration have all been reduced. For the higher-end Limited editions, the seats in the front row will now have an acoustic glass. Further, there are a total of 5 USB ports on the three rows.

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