2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Is A Mazda2 In Disguise

Today might be April Fools’ Day, but Toyota isn’t joking as they’ve unveiled the 2020 Yaris Hatchback.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, the Yaris Hatchback is a replacement for the unloved Yaris Liftback. It’s also the closest Americans can get to the Mazda2 / Demio hatchback which is sold overseas.

Drawing inspiration from the Yaris sedan, the Yaris Hatchback has a familiar front fascia with a hexagonal lower grille and available LED headlights. The model also features an impressive list of standard equipment including fog lights, a rearview camera and 16-inch aluminum wheels. Other highlights include body-color components, a chrome exhaust tip and power side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals.

Toyota hasn’t released detailed specifications, but automaker confirmed the Hatchback measures 161.6 inches (410.5 cm) long. The model also has 15.9 cubic feet (450.2 liters) of luggage space and a wheelbase that is nearly 2.4 inch (6.1 cm) longer than its predecessor.

Moving into the cabin, drivers are greeted by a three-spoke tilt / telescoping steering and a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The infotainment system also has a GPS function, but users will need to buy an optional SD card to activate it.

Elsewhere, owners will find chrome accents, a push button ignition and a six-speaker audio system. The Hatchback also has illuminated vanity mirrors and a first aid kit.

Moving up to the XLE rewards buyers with leatherette seats, an automatic climate control system and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Other niceties include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the aforementioned LED headlights.

On the safety front, there isn’t much to report but the model comes standard with a low-speed pre-collision system. It scans the road to detect potential vehicle collisions and will provide audio and visual alerts if a collision is imminent. If the driver fails to respond, the car can automatically apply the brakes.

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine resides under the hood and produces 106 hp (79 kW / 107 PS). It is connected a six-speed automatic transmission which enables the model to return an estimated 40 mpg highway.

There’s no word on pricing or availability quite yet, but we should learn more on April 17th.

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  • Shelby GT500

    What’s the point? If people don’t buy Yaris, they won’t buy this “new” model as well! New model is actually worse and not quite newer.

  • Benjamin B.

    The only Toyota car to be imported from Japan. Not counting Toyota SUVs.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      Isn’t it from mexico? I know it’s from Mexico

      • Benjamin B.

        I didn’t realize the 2 wasn’t from Japan. Shame. At least the 3 and 6 are the last true Japanese cars.

    • DM

      I believe it will be made in Mazda’s Guanajuato plant in Mexico.

      • Benjamin B.

        Really? Okay I did not know that. Thanks. My point was that most of Toyota’s cars are from the Southern United States while only really the Land Cruiser and 4Runner trucks are made in Japan anymore. The Taco is spilt between Texas and Mexico while the Tundra is all American.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    To be honest… I personally don’t mind seeing the Yaris line going full-Mazda right now. (not like the 86 where it was jointly-made together by Toyota and Subaru, with the BRZ created AFTER the 86, and the Supra where Toyota developed and customized things here and there needed from BMW to keep its price down while being completely different than the Z4 entirely).

    Hence loving both companies, the Yaris in itself never seemed like much of a bargain for the buck nor competitive entry in an otherwise pretty bland segment, and was a pretty forgettable vehicle from Toyota. As such making the new Yaris (sedan and hatchback, or Mazda2..?…) similarly-priced with more value to their previous iterations by partnering with Mazda (although in this case, badge-engineering) without taking any risk seems like a great idea despite the better sales right now. Additionally the deal between the two with Mazda also stop selling the 2 here as well. Regardless of the Mazda bones, I think the new Yaris’s line might make finally make the car a great bargain for the buck.

    A bummer however is that the just-unveiled hatch won’t be offered with a stick unlike the sedan…

  • Aaron Thompson

    So their 2020 platform is a Mazda 2014 platform… That says everything you need to know about Toyota…

  • Jason Panamera

    So next gen mr2 will be mx-5 and new Land Cruiser will be Lada Niva ?

  • Mike anonymous

    I wouldn’t have much of a problem with this at all (if I even do have one) but I personally would have loved to see more effort on Toyotas’ part put in toward creating and developing a next generation Yaris. As this is not simply a Mazda 2 in Toyotas’ clothing,… but rather this is a Scion iA with new badging.

    (Which for those who don’t know. the Scion iA made it’s debut in 2014/2015 and went on sale during late 2015). Again, I am not saying this is a bad decision or move on Toyotas’ part… I just personally would have liked to see a bit more effort put in beyond a rebadged vehicle from now well over half a decade ago.


    • PhilMcGraw

      But it IS based on the Mazda2 which received mild updates in it’s mid-cycle refresh as well. The model was first sold as a 2016 model for Scion. Then it was rebranded as the Toyota Yaris iA after the first model year. Now they are just calling it the Yaris. It’s a midcycle refresh, so not a whole lot is going to be changed. Toyota typically keeps vehicles around for a lot longer than your average manufacturer.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Honestly, I’m not surprised they would use the same front end as in the Sedan.

  • eb110americana

    Toyota took a perfectly good Mazda, and slapped the perhaps the ugliest front end of any current production vehicle on it. And now they have repeated the offence. Perfect follow up to the hideous new Supra.

  • J-Triumf

    Disappointing. Contrary to popular opinion I’ve found Mazda’s current design language to be ugly (too cab-rearward and front-heavy), so I think it’s sad to see Toyota go lazy with the Yaris instead of rebuilding a new generation from the ground up. I would’ve loved to see a mini-Corolla-style new Yaris, since it’d probably look a lot better than this dildo-shaped thing.


    proof that asian version is “far better”

    • Thomas Bondan Tyas

      true. Yaris joker/drakula versi negara kita lebih besar & sporty. Nggak kayak versi amrik yg kecil & lebih jelek dari mazda2

  • no25

    uhhhh april fools?

    • Dennis James

      Actually, no.

      • no25

        Actually, I know that, smartie.

  • JRP

    Why couldn’t they have just brought it here as a Mazda?

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Because the Mazda2 when it was available here didn’t sell well.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Oh NO…. How could they ruin one of the best-looking small hatchback into the worst one?

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    The UK seriously needs a new generation Yaris the current one is way way to old!

    But THIS!!!!! thank god we are not getting this rehash in the UK

  • Emoto

    I see that Toyota has enlisted the services of the Helen Keller Design Studio for the front end. Well done, lads.

  • EyalN

    i was sure this is april 1st joke.
    so ford owned mazda and sold the fiesta as a mazda, now toyota owns mazda so the sell mazda 2 as a toyota.
    toyota owns subaru too so they have a car that is sold as a subaru and a toyota. did you get it?

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      This simply means that Toyota is using Mazda and Subaru way better than there respective past owners Ford and GM

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