2020 Toyota Yaris: Australian engine lineup outed

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Australian powertrain specifications for Toyota’s all-new Yaris light hatch have emerged ahead of its local showroom arrival in the coming months.


The details come courtesy of a filing on the Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS), a government database detailing all vehicles certified for compliance with Australian Design Rules (ADR) standards.

While it had previously been confirmed that two powertrains would be offered locally – both non-hybrid and hybrid options – power outputs and transmission options were not known.

Set to open the range is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine producing 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque, the latter figure gleaned from Japanese-market Yaris models with the same engine.


Both six-speed manual and continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT) options are set to be on offer, replacing the outgoing model’s ageing five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearboxes.

Tare weight is rated at 1030kg for the three-pedal option and 1055kg for the self-shifter.

The headline powertrain is the new-for-Australia hybrid system, which mates a milder, 67kW/120Nm version of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder with a 59kW/141Nm front-mounted electric motor and a 4.3Ah lithium-ion battery pack for a combined power output of 85kW.


Mated to the standard CVT automatic, fuel use is rated at a frugal 3.3L/100km on the combined cycle, making the Yaris Hybrid most efficient series hybrid on sale in Australia, just beating the 3.4L/100km claimed by the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.

The electrified light hatch tips the scales in at 1110kg.

Steel and alloy wheel options are set to range between 14- and 16-inches in diameter.

Equipment highlights aren’t detailed in the RVCS listing, though available features are expected to include a large infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a head-up display, ambient LED cabin lighting and a wireless charging pad.


A wide suite of safety techology is also expected, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and an airbag between the front passengers.

The 2020 Toyota Yaris is set to lob Down Under in August. Pricing and spec details – including official confirmation of the engine lineup detailed above – will be announced closer to launch.

Note: All torque figures taken from the Japanese-market Yaris spec sheets. Overseas models pictured, as Australian images have not been released.

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