Toyota Yaris is always in a neck to neck race with Honda Jazz in term of number of car sold in Indonesia. In 2011, Toyota Yaris sold around 10% less. However, this new model may be just what Toyota needs to boost its sale and be on top for once in the race to become the Hatchback king of Indonesia.
The All New Yaris, which actually have been available to the rest of the world since May 2012 features a more sporty and aggressive look. Its not just the look but also the size has been totally redesigned making it longer which provides more space and reduced height making it more aerodynamic yielding a 0.30 coefficient of drag.
Because of this the All New Yaris has a 68 percent more cargo room along with additional headroom and passenger volume.
The curvier front grill as well as the new head light is accented by sharp character lines that flow into the sleek hood and windshield. To improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise, outer moldings on the windshield and door glass have been eliminated. In the rear, the tail lamps frame a wide trunk opening.
The All New Yaris is still powered by an efficient 106-hp four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), 1.5 liter IL 4 Cyl, 16 V DOHC VVT-I and available in five-speed manual or four-speed electronic automatic transmissions. The broad torque curve provides plenty of response for both manual transmission and automatic transmission models.
The All New Yaris is EPA-rated to achieve fuel consumption of 12.7 km/l city drive and 16.2 km/l highway drive for the manual transmission type and 12.7 km/l city drive and 15 km/l highway drive for the automatic. The engine is powered with gasoline fuel and the tank can hold 42 liter of gasoline.
In common with all Toyota vehicles, the All New Yaris features Toyota’s Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The new Yaris also features Smart Stop Technology, Toyota’s brake-override system, as standard.
What is new to this All New Yaris is Toyota’s Advanced Whiplash Injury-Lessening (WIL) front-seat structure. The design helps to ensure that all areas from the head to the lower back are equally supported, helping to reduce whiplash-type injuries during certain types of collisions.
The All New Yaris features an impact-absorbing body structure utilizing high-tensile strength steel to effectively distribute collision forces.
For the first time, Toyota has engineered a single-windshield wiper with wet-arm system for reduced weight and better performance. The system sprays washer fluid from the base of the wiper arm directly in the path of the blade for improved cleaning and wiping action.
The All New Yaris interior has also been completely redesigned. The doors close with a smooth, solid feel. Additional sound-absorbing and insulating materials make for a quieter ride. Upgraded fabrics and soft-touch dash highlight a more premium, sporty interior. The front seats are now wider, and sculpted to reduce fatigue on long trips.
The driver experience is heightened with a new tilt three-spoke steering wheel, featuring a thicker grip and a flat-bottom shape to reduce knee interference. The instrument cluster, center-mounted in the previous Yaris, is relocated in front of the driver and includes a multi-instrument display with odometer, twin trip meters, clock, outside temperature reading, fuel economy display, average speed and Eco-Driving indicator.
There is no exact information as to when Toyota Indonesia will release this new model but the price is expected to be some Rp 5 to 10 million more expensive than the current model.