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New Toyota Yaris TS
3 & 5-door body versions at a 130bhp tune

New Toyota Yaris TS: front side view.

The new Yaris TS will be launched in both three and five-door versions.

6 October 2006.

The Toyota Yaris range got its new flagship model launched at the 2006 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile, 30 September to 15 October), under the expressive badge: Yaris TS.

After the launch of the latest generation Yaris earlier this year, the new Yaris TS will be launched in early 2007 - in both three and five-door versions -  spicing up the whole model range with an extra dimension clearly focused on sporting performance and style. On a full year basis, total Yaris 2006 sales target is 258,000 units for Europe.

New Toyota Yaris TS: rear side view.

Yaris TS: adapted, with modifications to the suspension and steering.

At the heart of the TS is an all-new 1.8-litre petrol engine with Dual VVT-i (dual variable valve timing), producing 130bhp (132 DIN hp) at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 173Nm at 4,400rpm. With a five-speed manual gearbox, it gives nought to 62mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 9.3 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 120mph (194km/h).

The Dual VVT-i is an evolution of Toyota’s intelligent valve timing technology. By varying the timing on both the inlet and exhaust valves, it gives greater engine flexibility, more power and torque and improved fuel efficiency.

The new 1.8 Dual VVT-i engine utilises an aluminium cylinder block and plastic intake manifold to reduce weight for improved performance and fuel consumption. Roller rocker arms, low-tension piston rings and light weight pistons further improve fuel efficiency, allowing the Yaris TS to simultaneously achieve high power, sporty throttle response and good fuel economy.

New Toyota Yaris TS: centre console and instruments.

Centrally mounted analogue display of speed and engine revs.

The combined fuel cycle figure for Yaris TS is 37.7mpg (imperial mpg, equivalent to 7.49 litres / 100 km or 31.41 U.S. mpg) and carbon dioxide emissions of 178g/km.

To match its increased power and performance, the Yaris platform has been further adapted, with modifications to the suspension and steering. The front suspension members have been reinforced and a linking rod has been introduced between the rear members.

Lowering the suspension by 8mm gives the TS a more sporting appearance and retuning the springs and shock absorbers increases stability at speed. Adjustments to the front springs and the use of a thicker anti-roll bar reduce body roll and improve high speed cornering performance.

New Toyota Yaris TS: side view.

8mm lower body with retuned springs and shocks increase stability.

Aesthetically, a number of exclusive styling features mark out the new Yaris sporting character. At the front it has a black mesh grille with a clear TS badge, darkened headlamp surrounds and a deeper bumper with integrated fog lights.

The rear bumper has also been redesigned, with an integrated chrome-finished sports exhaust tailpipe and fog lights. The rear lamp clusters adopt an LED-style design.

Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard and the deep side skirts and roof spoiler complete the aerodynamic TS body styling which achieves a drag coefficient of 0.32. The choice of paint finishes will include a shade exclusive to the TS, Alsace Granite.

The electric power steering has also been sharpened to a 13.2:1 ratio, giving lock-to-lock in 2.3 turns - compared with 14.2:1 and 3.0 turns for the standard Yaris - and a nimble turning radius of 5.6 metres.

New Toyota Yaris TS: front seats, side angle.

Standard manual air conditioning, CD player and radio with six speakers.

The interior styling gets exclusive trim to the sports seats and doors, alloy trim detailing, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and exclusive amber backlighting for the main controls.

In keeping with the sports theme, the Yaris TS features a centrally mounted analogue display of speed and engine revs.

Standard equipment includes manual air conditioning, CD player and radio with six speakers and tilt/telescopic adjustable steering column.

Typical options include automatic climate control, Toyota’s Smart Keyless Entry and Push Start, plus heated driver and passenger seats and heated mirrors.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC) and Anti Lock Brakes (ABS) will be available as standard active safety features for the Yaris TS.

On the passive safety side, the new Yaris has achieved a top 5 star result at the Euro NCAP Adult Occupant Rating among B-segment cars – 35 points. This is the highest score ever attained by a Toyota model at the Euro NCAP tests.

The vehicle is featured with nine airbags which contribute to this high level of passive safety. Four airbags (dual front and side) are standard with curtain shield airbags, and a segment-first driver’s knee airbag is available as an option.

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