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
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.
mounted analogue display of speed and
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.
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
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.
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
Typical options include automatic
climate control, Toyota’s Smart Keyless Entry and
Push Start, plus heated driver and passenger seats and
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