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2018-02-08 11:58

Johannesburg - Toyota has unveiled its fourth iteration of the Yaris to the local market mere weeks after arch-rival Volkswagen launched its new Polo. 

The Yaris is a familiar nameplate in Mzansi, having been around since 2005. Only one engine is offered, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a quoted 79kW/140Nm. 

There are two gearbox options: a 5-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), driving the front wheels. Toyota says the Yaris sips 5.9 litres and 5.8 litres per 100km for the manual and CVT. 

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Four grade options are provided: starting with Xi, followed by the mid-grade Xs, Cross and Sport variants. Both Sport and Cross models feature bespoke exterior treatment says the automaker. The CVT offering is only available in Xs grade.

Prices start at R230 800 for the Xi (manual) and top out at R286 000 for the Sport model. 

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The hatchback has grown too, offering 165mm more length and 5mm in width. Luggage capacity has increased by 8% (versus the outgoing model) to 310 litres.

Under the skin, a the Yaris uses a McPherson strut-type front suspension while the rear features a torsion beam layout for better space in the rear.


The all-new Yaris boasts a very comprehensive standard specification list – aligned to increasing customer demands and the ‘upsize-mantra’.

The entry-level Xi models feature Keyless entry and push-button start, four-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth functionality, multi-information display, electrically-adjustable exterior mirrors, front power windows, electric power steering and manual air-conditioning.

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Xs models add automatic lights, 16” alloy wheels, retractable exterior mirrors, rear power windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob, steering switches as well as LED daytime running lights.

The Cross variant is based on the Xs grade and inherits roof rails, black side moulding, brushed metal apron treatment (front and rear) and black over fenders - affording it a rugged, urban feel.

Flagship Sport model features: 

+ Red-stitched leather steering wheel and gear knob

+ 2 additional speakers (6 in total)

+ High-definition ‘Optitron’ instruments

+ Leather seats

+ Climate Control (auto aircon)

+ Front fog lamps

+ Projector headlamps

+ LED rear taillights

+ Rear boot spoiler

+ Shark-fin antenna

+ Side skirts

+ Front and rear spoilers

+ Dark metallic front grille

+ Projector headlamps

+ Red accent stripe

Xs, Cross and Sport models have a new touchscreen as standard , the new audio system features full Smartphone integration and support via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto +. 


1.5 Xi MT         – R 230 800
1.5 Xs MT        – R 253 400
1.5 Xs CVT      – R 268 500
1.5 Cross        – R 268 500
1.5 Sport         – R 286 000

All Yaris models come with a 3-year/45 000 kilometre service plan and 3-year/100 000 kilometre warranty.

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