Toyota unveils Mazda2-based Yaris hatchback for the US market
Toyota Motor Corporation confirmed that for the model year 2020, the Yaris Liftback that it marketed in the U.S. will be replaced by a new version manufactured in Mexico along with the Yaris sedan.
The all-new 2020 Yaris hatchback, which will debut at the New York International Auto Show, will be offered in mono-spec LE and XLE grades and seven exterior colors: Stealth, Graphite, Pulse, Sapphire, Chromium, Frost and Icicle.
At 161.6 inches long, the new Yaris hatchback features a wheelbase nearly 2.4 inches longer than the previous Yaris Liftback model.
All versions will feature standard 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, body-color side mirrors and door handles, and a chrome tailpipe tip.
The side mirrors are power-adjustable and have integrated LED turn signals, and they’re also heated for quick cold-weather defrosting.
The list of standard features also includes Smart Key Entry with Push Button Start, fog lights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear backup camera, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, chrome interior door handles, and driver and front passenger sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors.
The standard infotainment system is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as voice recognition and Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone operation. The 7-inch display is a touchscreen or can be controlled by the remote commander knob.
Standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio comes with a three-month All Access trial subscription (150+ channels, including commercial-free music). USB ports and an auxiliary input ensure connectivity for all types of devices, and the sporty steering wheel integrates control switches for the audio and phone.
Both the LE and XLE grades are equipped with navigation hardware; the customer simply needs to buy the accessory SD card through a Toyota dealer to activate navigation capability.
Stepping up to the XLE unlocks leatherette seating surfaces (choice of gray or black), automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlamps, and leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.
The 2020 Yaris Hatchback will come equipped as standard with a Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System in both model grades (standard on the Yaris Sedan, too).
The system scans the road ahead for potential vehicle collisions. If a potential frontal collision is detected, an audio/visual alert and braking assistance are designed to automatically activate. Should the driver not respond, this system may automatically apply the brakes.
The Yaris hatchback comes standard with an advanced active safety system that includes Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Brake Override System (BOS). The array of six airbags includes curtain airbags that help protect front and rear seat occupants.
Under the hood, the Yaris hatchback features the same 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine found in the sedan version, which delivers 106 horsepower, matched to the standard 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Yaris hatchback will be sourced from Mazda’s manufacturing plant in Salamanca, Guanajuato and it will go on sale in September. Pricing is yet to be announced.