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Orders open for deliveries from this September
2012 Toyota Yaris: Bigger with a sportier attitude

2012 Toyota Yaris: front-side view.

New Yaris sub-compact: bigger, with sportier looks.

22 July 2011 : The new Toyota Yaris is coming bigger and with sportier looks this time, gaining 10cm in body length (3.89 metres, 153.1 inch), including 5cm for the wheelbase (2.51m, 98.82 in), while the width remains unchanged at 1.70m (66.93in).

With these new dimensions, the third generation Yaris sub-compact (1st generation launched in 1999) comes for the 2012 model year with shorter front and rear overhangs, more prominent wheel arches and a sportier look (see the 2012 Yaris dimensions page) since height is reduced by 2cm to 1.51m (59.45in). The new proportions keep a practical turning circle diameter of 9.4m (tyres level). The drag coefficient is Cd 0.287.


2012 Toyota Yaris main engine specifications.


2012 Toyota Yaris main dimensions, weights, suspension, brakes and steering.
2012 Toyota Yaris, consumption figures in litre/100km, US mpg, UK mpg and km/litre.

Deliveries of the new Yaris, which is available to order now, begin this September in the UK market where it will be available in four equipment grades (T2, TR, SR and T Spirit), with on the road prices starting from GB£11,170 for the 3-door T2 with the 1.0 VVT-i  petrol engine and a 5-speed manual transmission, to GB£15,385 for the 5-door T Spirit with the 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine and the 7-speed Multidrive S transmission.

Diesel versions prices start from GB£14,260 for the 3-door TR version with the 1.4 D-4D engine and a 6-speed manual transmission, to GB£14,760 for the 5-door TR version with the equivalent engine and transmission. Insurance groups will be announced next month.

Manufactured at Toyota’s Valenciennes factory in France, new Yaris also promises a better quality with greater agility.

Positioned in the small car market (sub-compact, B-segment), new Yaris comes with the Toyota Touch audio system, including touchscreen controls, fitted as standard to all but the entry level model in the UK, additionally providing Bluetooth, a USB port and a rear parking camera.

This can be upgraded to the Toyota Touch and Go system which features a 6.1-inch display with touch screen technology and provides full map satellite navigation and a range of connected information services that can be accessed and downloaded via a dedicated Toyota customer portal.


2012 Toyota Yaris: profile view.

Longer body (+10cm), including +5cm for the wheelbase.

The bolder look is completed by new 15 and 16-inch alloy wheel designs and a choice of 10 colours for the body, including two completely new shades – Deep Aqua and Burning Red.

The profile keeps the steeply sloping belt line running the length of the vehicle, while at the rear, the familiar Yaris Y-shaped graphic is retained, but expressed in new styling. Detail touches include a larger front quarterlight, with the A-pillar moved further forward, giving a more steeply raked windscreen. The rear side windows have been changed by taking away the vertical bar that previously divided the glazing.


2012 Toyota Yaris: rear-side view.

The profile keeps the steeply sloping belt line.

Inside, the principal meters have moved from the centre of the dashboard to the driver’s eyeline behind the steering wheel, which itself has a more upright angle. Clear horizontal lines in the new dashboard emphasise the width of the cabin – 30mm (1.18in) greater than before – with a new soft-padded dash section and matching upper door panel pads. The colour of these padded sections co-ordinates with inserts in the seat upholstery.

2012 Toyota Yaris: dashboard view.

Principal meters moved from the centre of the dashboard to the driver’s eyeline behind the more upright steering wheel.

Tactile properties add to the quality look and feel, with gun metal trims around the driver’s instruments, the multimedia touchscreen and air vents, and chrome detailing on the controls and switchgear.

The front seats are new, with increased vertical adjustment and, on some models, an arm rest for the driver. Thinner seatbacks for the front seats add more kneeroom for the rear passengers  (at 645mm, 25.4in). A similar design treatment for the rear seats has helped increase load space depth by 145mm (5.7in), to 710mm (27.9in).

Overall luggage capacity has grown to 347 litres (12.25 cubic foot, to roof line) with the rear seats in place, 768 litres when they are folded flat (27.12 cu. ft). The tailgate is 20mm (0.79in) wider than on the previous model.

The panoramic glass roof is standard on the top-of-the-range model and optional for the other versions.

2012 Toyota Yaris: cabin with panoramic glass roof.

Panoramic glass roof, standard on the top-of-the-range model.


On the powertrains side, the new Yaris continues with the mixture of powertrains featured in the previous generation model: 1.0 and 1.33-litre petrol units and a 1.4-litre D-4D turbodiesel.

The Japanese brands says that all engines benefit from the application of Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of engineering and design technologies which, combined with weight-saving measures and aerodynamics improvements, help cut fuel consumption and emissions without negative consequences on power and torque levels.

 1.0 Litre

2012 Toyota Yaris: dashboard with front seats, side view.

New front seats with increased vertical adjustment.

Toyota’s compact three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission. The latest version of the 998cc unit generates 69hp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 93Nm (69 lb-ft) at 3,600rpm.

The specific output and torque figures come at 69hp/litre and 93.2Nm/litre (or 68.6 lb-ft) respectively.

Combined fuel consumption has been improved by four per cent to 58.9 UK mpg, equivalent to 49.04 US mpg, 4.80 litres/100 km and 20.8 km/litre (conversion based on figures), and CO2 emissions are down by seven per cent (all consumption and emission figures are preliminary, prior to official homologation. See the full consumption and emissions figures in US mpg, UK mpg, L/100km and km/litre, for all versions).

 1.3 Litre

The also light and compact 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine, with a small bore and long stroke to provide a good torque ratio, generates 99hp at 6,000rpm and, at the peak of a gentle torque curve, 125Nm (92 lb-ft) at 4,000rpm.

The specific output and torque figures come at 74.4hp/litre and 94Nm/litre (or 69.4 lb-ft) respectively.

When matched to the new 7-speed Multidrive S transmission, combined fuel economy is 56.5mpg (equivalent to 47.05 US mpg, 5.0 litres/100 km, 20.0 km/litre) and CO2 emissions are 118g/km.

 1.4 Litre

The 1.4-litre D-4D engine is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. It produces 90hp at 3,800rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm between 1,800 and 2,800rpm.

The specific output and torque figures come at 66hp/litre and 150.3Nm/litre (or 110.9 lb-ft) respectively.

In the new Yaris, the combined cycle fuel economy has been improved by seven per cent to 72.4mpg (equivalent to 60.3 US mpg, 3.9 litres/100 km, 25.6 km/litre)  and CO2 emissions are six per cent lower than previously.


2012 Toyota Yaris

Prices* (GB)

T2 3dr

1.0 VVT-i 5MT


T2 5dr

1.0 VVT-i 5MT


TR 3dr

1.0 VVT-i 5MT


TR 3dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT


TR 3dr

1.4 D-4D 6MT


TR 5dr

1.0 VVT-i 5MT


TR 5dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT


TR 5dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT MDS


TR 5dr

1.4 D-4D 6MT


SR 3dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT


SR 5dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT


SR 5dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i MDS


T Spirit 5dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT


T Spirit 5dr

1.33 Dual VVT-i MDS


*On-the-road (OTR) prices in GB£. Source: Toyota GB. 

The Multidrive S transmission (MDS) is Toyota’s latest continuously variable transmission (CVT). It offers a manual override with a sequential seven-step mode that the driver can operate using either the gearshift lever or paddle shifts on the steering wheel.

The UK market will offer the 2012 Yaris in the following four grades: T2, TR, SR and T Spirit.


Toyota expects the TR version to represent about two thirds of new Yaris sales, since it is available with all engine and transmission combinations, in three and five-door bodystyles. Key features of the TR include15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Toyota Touch with touchscreen audio controls, Bluetooth and rear parking camera.


Available only with the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine, the SR version gets a sportier profile with a range of interior and exterior styling elements. Equipment highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler, front fog lamps, part-leather upholstery, rear privacy glass and lowered suspension.

 T Spirit

The T Spirit version focuses on premium features and is available in five-door format with the 1.33- litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Principal equipment of the T Spirit grade includes a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and smart entry and start.


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