JDM Vitz previews 2012 Toyota Yaris
The new 2012 Toyota Yaris isn’t expected to hit showrooms until late next year but its Japanese twin, the Vitz, has just been unveiled.
Showing a much sportier and edgy design, the new model will be slightly bigger than the current car with an extra 2 inches in the wheelbase and extra 4 inches overall. This means more cabin space, especially in the rear.
Both 1.3 and 1.5-liter four-cylinder engines are offered on the Japanese market Vitz. Expect a similar lineup for the Yaris, which is expected to be Toyota’s most fuel efficient model in the U.S.--unless you include the upcoming Scion-badged iQ
Fuel saving features include engine stop-start technology and a continuously variable transmission. The latter will feature paddle-shifters for pseudo manual control.
Eventually, Toyota plans to launch a hybrid version to take on a planned hybrid version of the Honda Fit
. However, this model isn’t expected to be launched until well into 2012.
[Toyota via Inside Line