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Toyota has officially taken the wraps off its new Japanese Vitz model, sold here as the Yaris. That might not at first be obvious, as the sub-compact has received quite the makeover, with an edgier design. It might not get your heart racing, but it won’t send you into a coma where you’ll dream about jellybeans (like the last car did) either.
Perhaps most notable, however, is the interior, which no longer features the ergonomically nightmarish centrally located gauges. (Hooray!)
The new model will be available in Japan with a range of small 4-cylinder engines. The largest is a 1.5-liter which is expected to be offered here, although it is possible that Toyota could deliver a Yaris with the new 1.3-liter 4-cylinder that will arrive in the upcoming Scion iQ.
There’s no indication from Toyota on when it will show the new Vitz/Yaris in North America, but it should go on sale late next year.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Vitz/Yaris
Official release after the jump:
The Toyota Yaris is an excellent point A to point B vehicle, with excellent fuel economy and an attractive price. Plus, it’s a Toyota, so it’s reliable. That being said, the reasons to consider buying a Yaris have never included its looks.
Toyota appears to be ready to change that, with new photos from a leaked brochure revealing the design of the all-new Japanese Vitz – which is badged as the Yaris here. A few days ago we brought you initial pics of the car, but now we have it from more angles and with more details. We’ve even surprised to see a center-exit dual exhaust. But wait, that’s a kitted-up version with the regular Vitz looking pretty mundane – like a smaller Matrix.
In terms of functionality, however, the Yaris will gain size. (The bodywork may change when it arrives in North America, but the overall shape isn’t about to). In total, the 2012 Yaris grows by 100mm end to end, with half of that between the wheelbase for improved interior room. The car will also be 20mm shorter overall, likely helping lower the center of gravity and improve handling.
Toyota is expected to deliver a concept version of the upcoming 2012 Yaris in the coming months.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Yaris
Thanks to a few scans of an internal Toyota dealer brochure, we have our first look at what the 2012 Yaris will look like.
Toyota is planning a new Yaris model in a bid to keep up with the likes of the Honda Fit and an onslaught of new subcompact products from Chevy, Ford and Mazda. The Japanese auto giant is even expected to deliver a concept version of the car at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January.
Technically, the photo shows the Vitz, which is the name given to the Yaris in Japan. This could mean we’ll see some different
Generally, we’re loving the aggressive front end, with the Prius inspired hood and just hope the production model looks as much like this as possible.