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Toyota's new Yaris T1

2006-09-01 18:29

The new Yaris T1.

Along with this new engine comes the introduction of a three-door hatch model that extends the Yaris pricing down to well below R100*nbsp;000 for the entry level model.

Four 1-litre derivatives are added to the Yaris hatch range that will now comprise eight models catering for a wide range of customer references.

The arrival of the Yaris from Toyota set new benchmarks in terms of space, comfort and features for 'B' class vehicles. Initially launched with a choice of five models, the range is now expanded to eight derivatives with a choice of two engine sizes and four specification levels.

In a revised range that sees the introduction of four 1-litre models the specification levels are T1, T3 AC, T3+ and T3 Spirit. All are powered by new generation Toyota DOHC multi-valve all aluminium petrol engines with VVT-i.

The three-cylinder 1-litre engine, as fitted to the T1 models, produces 51kW at 6000 r/min and 93Nm at 3600 r/min.

The 1.3 litre engine fitted to the T3 variants produces 63kW at 6000 r/min and has maximum torque of 121Nm at 4400 r/min.

Service intervals are 15  000 kilometres across the range. Warranty cover is three years/100 000 kilometres with AA Roadside Assistance for the duration of the warranty.

The base line T1 specification offers an expansive feature list on which the other derivatives build. This specification level replaces the 1,3 litre Yaris T3 model in the range. Major specification items featured in the Yaris T1 are:

  • ABS Anti-Lock brake system.
  • EBD - Electronic Brake Force Distribution.
  • Emergency Brake Assist (BAS).
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags.
  • Fuel cut off on airbag deployment.
  • Three point seat belts for all five seats.
  • ISOFIX rear child seat anchors and top tethers.
  • Safety belt warning buzzer and lamp for front seats.
  • Manual headlight levelling system.
  • Rear fog lights.
  • 5JX14 steel rims with wheel covers. Full size spare wheel.
  • 175/65 R14 radial tyres.
  • Electric power steering.
  • Digital instrumentation with time and outside temperature displays.
  • Intermittent setting for windscreen wipers.
  • Powered remote operation for side mirrors.
  • Key operated central locking.
  • Illuminated entry system.
  • Rear windscreen wiper/wash and demister.
  • Remote fuel filler opener.
  • Headlamp on warning buzzer.
  • Map reading and dome lamps.
  • Luggage compartment lamp.
  • Tilt adjustment for the steering wheel.
  • Tinted windows all round.
  • Height adjustable front seats.
  • 60:40 split rear seat with independent fore and aft adjustment and recline.
  • Toyota "Easy Flat" fold down function for the rear seats provides a flat loading area.
  • Storage tray under front passenger seat.
  • Cloth seat trim.
  • Two cup holders in the front and one in the rear.
  • Transponder type immobiliser system.
  • VIN parts marking.

    The Yaris T1 is available in either 3-door or 5-door hatch bodies. Air conditioning is available on both as a factory fitted option with the T1 AC variants listed as distinct derivatives in the range.

    The Yaris T3 AC model is the base line model in the Yaris 1,3 litre line up. This model shares the majority of the Yaris T1 features and includes an integrated RDS radio with four speaker system and front loading CD player. Air conditioning is standard as per the AC designation.

    From the T3 AC specification level a four year/60 000 kilometre ToyotaCare service plan is included in the package. All T3 models have the 5-door configuration.

    Next up on the Yaris specification ladder is the T3+ specification. At this level the following feature set is added to the comprehensive T3 AC specification:

  • Remote control central locking with answerback and 30 second auto-lock delay.
  • Colour coded side mirrors, door handles and rocker panel.
  • Power adjustment for the side mirrors.
  • Power front and rear windows. Illuminated entry system.

    The T3 Spirit is the premium specification level in the Yaris Hatch range. This top level specification includes the features of the T3 AC and T3+ models and adds the following to those:

  • Driver knee airbag.
  • Side airbags for driver and front passenger.
  • Curtain shield head airbags.
  • 5JX15 alloy wheels.
  • 185/60 R15 radial tyres.
  • Full size alloy spare wheel.
  • Front fog lights.
  • Tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel.
  • Leather covered steering wheel with satellite controls for the radio.
  • Leather covered gear knob.
  • Luxury cloth trim.
  • Driver and passenger seat back pockets.
  • Storage tray under the front passenger seat.

    Also available in the T3 Spirit specification is the Yaris T3 Spirit A/T (Automatic). This model adds the convenience of an advanced electronically controlled automatic transmission to the Yaris.

    Features include:

  • Uphill/downhill shift control.
  • Digital gear shift position indicator.
  • Shift lock and key interlock.

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