Toyota Previews 210-HP Yaris Hot Hatch Bound For Geneva

Toyota has been promising for some time to unleash a hot-hatch version of the Yaris. And the time will finally come at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show just a couple of months from now.

Pictured here for the first time is the forthcoming Yaris hot hatch, accompanied by one salient detail: it’ll pack over 210 horsepower, putting it in prime position to dice it with the likes of the Renaultsport Clio 200 and the 189-hp Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Unlike those five-door models, though, the hot Yaris will pack three doors, and naturally feature other visual and performance upgrades. As you can see, those will include upgraded rolling stock, enhanced aero, and some splashy graphics reminiscent of the Japanese automaker’s racing livery.

The hot hatch will appear on Toyota’s stage at the Swiss auto expo alongside the new WRC-spec rally car that’s set to debut at the Monte Carlo Rally next week.

While Toyota’s European division was releasing these preliminary photos and details, its global headquarters revealed other revisions to the Vitz (as the model’s known in the Japanese Domestic Market). Bearing subtle cosmetic modifications inside and out, the Vitz will now be offered with a hybrid powertrain, just like the Yaris Hybrid offered in Europe.

Just how (and why) Toyota will distinguish this model from the Aqua (Japan’s version of the similarly updated Prius C), we don’t know. But the 99-horsepower hybrid option will be offered in front-drive form only, joining the 1.0- and 1.3-liter conventional powertrain options that can be had with front- or all-wheel drive.

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  • j60dnl

    I’m surprised they’re stretching this Yaris into it’s third facelift… And calling it “New Yaris”. Considering the Mk3 is an adaption of the Mk2 it seems they’re getting their moneys worth.

    • antbee

      From what I can remember, the new Yaris was introduced in 2015, and it is a Mazda2 in disguise. I don’t know how many facelifts it has had in only two years, but maybe it’s had a couple, like I said, I don’t know. I do know that it is a Mazda2, with Toyota’s added design language. You may have noticed that the US and Canada no longer get the Mazda2, since 2015. There must have been a stipulation, from Toyota, that Mazda could not sell the car under its own marque. You know, contract malarky and stuff. Mazda was/is hurting for cash, so they said, “OK.” So, now, if people want one, they will be able to get their Mazdaspeed2, but with a Toyota badge and looks.
      I, for one, wish Mazda would renegotiate the contract, so it could sell the two itself, which would make a great alternative to the 3, which keeps going upmarket.

      • haudit

        You’re confusing the Yaris with the Scion iA, which is now known as the Toyota Yaris iA. The Yaris hatchback is completely unrelated.

      • ace_9

        The Yaris which you mentioned was only for US and Canadian market and it was essentially Mazda 2 (like you said), but real Yaris for the rest of the world entered production in 2010 and it had nothing to do with Mazda 2 which wasn’t even announced at that time.

  • Christian

    Nice that we´re getting a GTi version, but i´m still gonna cry if they are not going to put the 1,2 Turbo in it….

  • OdysseyTag

    Anybody know what’s up with the front badging of the Vitz model?

    • Fabián Montiel

      In Japan, the Toyota models have a different front badge depending of the model.

      • OdysseyTag

        Yeah, it’s seems like that’s been the case for each of it’s previous gens. Thanks.

  • Kaisuke971

    Hey not bad the Gazoo. Although it does not look quite as good as the Clio RS Trophy and 208 GTi BPS, it seems to be pretty serious on paper since the Yaris is i believe lighter than them and only topped hp-wise by the Renault.

  • KidRed

    My vocabulary isn’t filled with accurate enough words to describe that front end. That being said, it’s an overworked, disgusting mess.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I like the looks. I like the Gazoo model. I hope they bring it to the States.


  • Skye

    Not sure if this design reminds me of a Vespa or a Cusinart