2020 Toyota Yaris: Bubbly Looks, Hybrid Power And Everything Else We Know

Toyota’s Euro and Asian market Yaris is an interesting kettle of fish; affordable, cheerful but not so much fun behind the wheel. Supermini’s like Ford’s Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo have it licked for driving pleasure and sheer appeal. Luckily for Toyota fans this could all about to change with the Japanese carmaker putting the finishing touches on its all-new, TNGA-based replacement for European and Asia Pacific regions. About time you say?

But before we proceed, we should point out that the Euro and Asia-Pacific specification Yaris is a completely separate model from the just-introduced North American 2020 Yaris that is based on the Mazda2 sub-compact.

With that out of the way, let’s dig into to what we can expect and illustrate the spy-shot camouflage to reveal exactly what (Toyota’s) 2020 Yaris will look like.

Vibrant New Design

Like a cross-eyed small animal that’s been punched in the face, the current Yaris is certainly no beauty. Luckily for 2020, things get a lot better with more cohesive styling and staunch proportions.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

At the front, there’s a large, cascading grille (not too dissimilar to that on Hyundai’s Veloster), with curvy fog-light housings and dynamic LED headlights. Where it gets interesting is within the expressive side profile, with the short rear doors almost exuding a cartoonish look and a straight, downwards crease starting from the front fender towards the b-pillar.

Contrastingly, a radial crease works its way upwards over the rear wheels into the full-width taillights. A high-mount diffuser panel and large rear window finish off what is a more eye-catching appearance than the current model.

Under The Skin

The Yaris is one of the last Toyota passenger cars to migrate onto its TNGA architecture. This move will yield big benefits in terms of increased refinement, occupant safety, and handling agility.

Occupants will be treated to a thoroughly contemporary, high-quality interior with clever packaging and connectivity. A central-mount touchscreen echoes that found in RAV4 and Corolla, will offer a heads-up display for the first time. Other goodies include Qi wireless charging, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

We expect Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assists to be standard, these include; Pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and road edge detection, radar cruise control with stop & go, lane tracing aid, auto high beam assist, and road sign recognition.

Hybrid Assistance

Ok, it might not be fully-electric, however, the big news is there will be a hybrid option. We’re unclear which combination of petrol-electric motors it’ll get; likely bet is that it’ll either be mated to a 1.2-litre turbo or a 1.8-litre petrol four-cylinder putting power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission.

Expect the non-hybrid 1.2-litre, turbocharged four to serve as the main engine choice, while some markets might see larger displacement units and diesel options. A GR Sport variant (prototype pictured above testing on the Nurburgring) is also in the works, although it’s unclear if it’ll receive a large bump in power.

Alternatives And Launch Timing

The Yaris will be released at a time when its rivals have recently undergone, or are on verge of being completely revamped. These rivals include Hyundai’s upcoming i20, the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio, Suzuki Swift, Honda Jazz/Fit, Peugeot 208, Mazda 2, and Kia Rio.

An official presentation will come this October at the Tokyo Motor Show (in JDM specification), with European versions tipped to bow shortly after, possibly making their first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

What are your thoughts on the all-new Yaris and should it come to North America? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Sébastien

    Yaris hybrid… Nothing new.

  • charlotteharry57

    I can’t even remember the last time I saw a Yaris. It apparently doesn’t sell well in the States, so why bother?

    • alexxx

      It sells in Europe (i see Yaris every day) and obviously in Asia…

    • JRP

      I mainly see 2nd gen Yarises in the US.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    It’s long over due a new generation and if they get it right like the carolla and CHR then FINALLY Toyota has got it right on the YARIS

    As long as the interior is the wow factor of the CHR etc and not dull and boring

  • J. P.

    It should come, Toyota ain’t fooling anyone with that Mazda they call a Yaris, even people who aren’t into cars know that’s a Mazda

  • J-Triumf

    This render looks a hell of a lot better than the Mazda Yaris; on the other hand y’all are wrong about the outgoing actual Yaris, it isn’t ugly at all, it’s an okay design for what it is (and also still better looking than the Mazda Yaris).

  • erly5

    The big news? The big news would be if there wasn’t going to be a hybrid version. Seriously, who writes this stuff?

  • OdysseyTag

    Quite a bulbous little thing. It unfortunately gives the impression that it competes in a segment lower than it does (Picanto, i10, Up! etc. as apposed to the Fiesta, Polo, Corsa etc.).

    • It does look tiny, but then again these little things tend to have roomier interiors..

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    First the Camry, then the Avalon, then the Corolla (sedan and hatchback), then the RAV4, then the Supra, then the Highlander, and now the Yaris.


    • SpongeBob99Swell

      (if the Toyota Yaris-badged Mazda 2 becomes a success, then yes they should bring it to NA)

  • Paul

    Poor thing. It’s a goofy looking little skate.

  • SteersUright

    What a cute lil hatch, kinda like a mini-pit bull, all small yet angry and trying to be tough.
    I’d love to see a proper hot-hatch version.

  • Miknik

    The render looks cute, which is a good thing for a small car, but it also looks the opposite of spacious, which is not good;

  • GiorgioN

    Really beautiful !!! I wait to see the rear! Much more beautiful than the yaris based on the Mazda 2!
    I hope the rear lights are on monocles

  • Scherpereel Clement

    “cheerful but not so much fun behind the wheel” What the hell are you talking about ? Don’t you know the Yaris GRMN has 212 hp and 250 Nm in Europe ? I think it’s the perfect mix between power and weight (1135 kg) without risking to much your live.
    Only problem, it’s a limited edition on just 600 units worldwide (400 for europe and 200 for Japan) Still, it exist 😉

  • The ’roundness’ toward the rear reminds of the 2006 Ford Ka..

  • Robert

    It’s cute, if a little bulbous. But I like it.

  • jason wu

    Stop pretending, it’s a Mazda 2.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Looks like it has a lot ofroad head rear headroom.

  • Webster

    I am still driving my 2007 Yaris. These cars are like energizer bunnies and keep going and going. For 2020, I’d like to see a option for leather seats

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