The new Toyota Yaris is now on sale in South Africa in a revised range that offers customers much greater choice and improved equipment specifications across the board.
To signify new life being injected into the range, Toyota has badged the updated Yaris as Pulse across the range.
The Yaris Pulse makes a more powerful style statement, displaying new front and rear designs that give the car a stronger harmony of design and project a more active and dynamic look. The appearance is also more refined, with fresh detailing in the bodywork and cabin as well as new colour choices that enhance the model’s already high levels of perceived quality
Increased customer choice extends to a new 1.5-litre petrol engine, which delivers 12% more power and torque than the previous 1.3-litre engine, along with an improvement of up to 12% in fuel economy.
Where the hybrid model is concerned, engineers have focused on achieving an even quieter ride, particularly under acceleration, introducing a raft of measures including new engine mounts, roll restrictor, front driveshafts and subframe.
Toyota’s approach to the Yaris Pulse is not just about improving the car, but also creating a stronger model range that is designed to meet the requirements and preferences of a wider and increasingly more selective customer base. The new model is presented with a new grade strategy that targets distinct qualities, from value for money to contemporary style and elegance.
Under the bonnet is a new 1,5-litre petrol engine with VVT-iE, offering more torque and power with 82kW at 6 000 revs/min and 136Nm at 4 400 revs/min but higher efficiency and lower emissions than the previous 1,3-litre unit.
Compared to the 1.3-litre unit, it is 0.8 seconds quicker in acceleration from 0-100km (11 seconds in the 1.5 MT and 11.2 seconds in the CVT) while at overtaking speed in fifth gear the improvement is more than a second.
The 1,5 also benefits from VVT-iE, with iE, short for “Intelligent System Electric motor.” This allows the phase shift of the intake camshaft to be controlled electrically, whereas the phase shift of the exhaust camshaft is hydraulic.
The Yaris Pulse remains the only local car in its segment available with hybrid power. Toyota has taken extra measures with the new model to improve the hybrid driving experience, introducing a new subframe, engine mounts, front driveshafts and roll restrictor that make it even quieter and smoother, particularly under acceleration.
The choice of powertrains is completed by the established 1.0-litre VVT-i three-cylinder petrol engine with five-speed manual transmission.