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Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2012, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid will go on sale in the UK this summer, promising a ‘segment-leading balance of performance and CO2 emissions’, according to the Japanese carmaker.
Downsized to retain passenger and boot space
Toyota has produced a new downsized version of its Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain for the new Yaris.
Using a new 1.5-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and a battery pack, Toyota has created a system that is 20% lighter than that fitted to the Auris Hybrid. It has done this without reducing passenger or boot space compared with a conventional Yaris, in part due to its ability to locate the battery pack (and the fuel tank) under the rear seat.
So, you can still carry 230 litres of luggage and five passengers in relative comfort. The overall look of the Yaris Hybrid is also similar to the standard car, though it has been mildly refined to improve aerodynamics.
CO2 and fuel economy to be confirmed
Toyota is remaining cagey about exact economy and acceleration figures. But we suspect it will compete well with the 85g/km CO2 Kia Rio EcoDynamics.
Whether the Yaris Hybrid can match that car’s CO2 output remains to be seen, but it seems likely the Toyota will be faster.
That’s because the combination of a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor produce 98bhp – and given the electric motor will also provide plenty of instant torque, the eco-centric Yaris should prove pretty brisk. It will also be capable of travelling on electric power alone for short distances.
Full details and guideline pricing should be announced closer to the 2012 Geneva show in March, but in terms of equipment Toyota has already confirmed the Yaris Hybrid will feature an e-CVT automatic gearbox and automatic air conditioning as standard.