2020 Toyota Yaris Hatch Coming To New York, Could Be Based On The Mazda2

Reports about the death of the Toyota Yaris Liftback appear to have been slightly exaggerated as the company will replace the model with a new hatchback in the United States

Car and Driver talked to Toyota spokesperson Nancy Hubbell who confirmed a new hatchback variant is coming for 2020. She declined to go into specifics, but the magazine believes the model will be a rebadged version of the Mazda2.

This isn’t too surprising as the current Yaris is a sedan based on the Mazda2. Given this, we can expect the hatchback to have familiar styling and a handful of a Toyota-specific touches.

The hatchback should be powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 106 hp (79 kW / 107 PS) and 103 lb-ft (139 Nm) of torque. It will likely be paired to a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission.

While the engine carries over from the Yaris Liftback, the gearboxes are a significant improvement as the outgoing model only offers a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.

The decision to introduce a new hatchback is a bit surprising as Car and Driver noted sales of the existing Yaris Liftback have been dreadful. Last year, the automaker only sold 1,940 Liftbacks in the United States which makes it rarer than the Lexus LC. The sedan, on the other hand, did significantly better as Toyota was able to sell 25,269 units last year.

The 2020 Yaris Hatchback is slated to debut at the New York Auto Show which kicks off on April 17th.

  • It would make sense as the current Yaris sedan is a Mazda 2 with the Toyota badge. The iA was dropped for 2019. Because it is a Mazda it doesn’t have all the features found on a Toyota sedan

  • ME

    If Toyota can import a rebadged Mazda, why can’t they do the same with the Suzuki Jimny? They will make a lot more money even if they have to made modifications to it.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      Because the mazda2, is made in Mexico, costs less to import to US.

      • ME

        Who buys that model anyway? I don’t see them on the road.

        • Perry F. Bruns

          Since it’s not currently in the U.S., mostly Mexicans and Canadians.

    • PhilMcGraw

      I’ve always thought they would do just that BUT you have to remember Toyota is doing a big push into safety and the Jimny didn’t perform well in the Euro crash test.

      So they’d have to modify it still.

    • Leconte Dave

      They cancelled the deal to bring the Jimny

      • EM1

        please provide a source as i signed a petition to import it.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    …We’ll see what Toyota brings us to the table..

  • SpongeBob99Swell
  • Bash

    Just when I thought they have mastered the ugly design. They come with something even more ugly. What’s that Toyota?!

    • NoMan2015

      You haven’t even seen it…?

      • Bash

        Not before really.

        • NoMan2015

          No one has. It hasn’t been revealed yet.


    I hope european yaris gets a better fate compared to north american one

  • mihsf

    It will be far from what the new Renault Clio or Peugeot 208 will offer.
    Now, what about the European market.

  • Mill0048

    … but they will.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Snip “While the engine carries over from the Yaris Liftback,…”

    Does this makes sense to anyone? They’ll be going through the trouble of fitting a 15 year-old Toyota engine design (1NZ-FE), to the Mazda2 platform? Not likely. They’ll simply use the current Mazda2 SkyActiv 1.5L, would they not?

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