The New York International Motor Show is still a number of days away but Toyota has already set the mood for the show with an early introduction of the 2018 Toyota Yaris. For a number of years, Toyota has been selling different Yaris models in Europe from those sold in U.S. with European models being more contemporary. However, this is set to change with the 2018 model year. Toyota has revised the U.S.-bound subcompact hatchback by making it look sportier. The automaker has also added more features that have enhanced the model’s convenience and safety offering.
2018 Toyota Yaris Exterior
The 2018 Toyota Yaris has undergone a significant revamp that has seen its exterior get some new features. The Yaris is available in 3-door and 5-door body types. In addition, it is offered in three trims, which are L, LE and the top-of-the-range SE. The new features include a new front fascia characterized by a new grille. The headlights flanking the grille are also new. The grille has new chrome accenting as well. The SE trim stands out in the lineup with its piano black mesh grille with chrome surround which makes it look sportier than its siblings. To further set the SE trim apart from L and LE trims, the SE has been hooked up with 16-inch alloy wheels with a dark accenting.
Interior of Toyota Yaris 2018
Toyota has improved technologies in the 2018 Yaris. For the first time ever, the L and LE trims will be hooked up with sporty gauges that were only offered on the SE trim. They also feature an LCD screen that displays details on the fuel economy, temperature as well as an eco driving indicator.
The L and LE trims also get a 6.1-inch touch-screen for the Entune multimedia system. The infotainment system features a USB port, voice control, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio. The model also features a 6-speaker audio system. The SE trim features a 7-inch display screen. The L trim has also got a revised 3-spoke steering wheel that features tilt adjustments as well as audio controls. L and LE trims also get a similar sporty dash as the SE. All trims will feature cloth upholstery as standard. On the L and LE trims, the upholstery will be in black and gray while on the SE it will be all black.
Toyota has also enhanced the hatchback’s safety with features such as a pre-collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, automatic high beam, rain sensing wipers and ABS among others. The Yaris will be much safer to drive than ever before.
Engine and performance
Toyota is yet to announce details about the 2018 Toyota Yaris engine and performance details. However, all indications point to the model retaining the current 1.5 L, 4-cylinder mill that produces 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque. Now, power output is not the model’s best dancing shoes; the economy is. This engine returns around 56 mpg on combined drives, which greatly saves customers on fuel costs. The engine will likely be connected to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic transmission system.
The U.S. market will still miss out on a hybrid-powered Yaris which will be exclusive to the European market where it is very popular.
Price and release date
Toyota will debut the 2018 model officially at this year’s New York International Motor Show next month. The automaker will announce the model’s pricing details at the show; thus, keep it here for the price updates and official engine details.
In the recent times, this subcompact hatchback segment has become very competitive. Top rivals of the 2018 Toyota Yaris will be the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa Note and the Honda Fit.