2020 Toyota Yaris Officially Unveiled, Embraces “Less Is More” Philosophy

Following yesterday’s leaked photos, Toyota has officially unveiled its all-new Yaris subcompact hatch in both Japanese and European specifications.

The fourth-generation Yaris is the first application of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) in the segment, with the new modular platform being code-named the GA-B. It enables significant improvements for the small hatchback in all areas, including styling, practicality, mechanical, technology and safety, and also helps reduce the car’s weight by up to 50 kg (110 lbs).

The all-new Yaris features a much more emotional design than its predecessor, with more dramatic proportions thanks to it being shorter, wider and lower. Bucking the trend of most new cars, the 2020 Yaris loses 5 mm (0.2 in) in length and 40 mm (1.6 in) in height. However, it adds millimeters where it counts, namely the wheelbase (+50 mm / 2 in) and width (+50 mm / 2 in).

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2020 Toyota Yaris in European specification

This results in a roomier interior (the seats are mounted lower so headroom is not affected) and is a prerequisite for improved driving dynamics and maneuverability. Exterior styling highlights include the large grille, bulged wheel arches, longer bonnet, sporty bumpers, and all-LED lights.

The interior design follows the same “less-is-more” principle and features high-quality materials including felt trim finish for the door panels and a soft-touch instrument panel (a first for the Yaris). Toyota says it focused on improving sensory quality in terms of touch, operation and sound of everything that passengers interact with in the car.

2020 Toyota Yaris in European specification

The dashboard is slimmer and set lower, with a wider and higher center console and a smaller steering wheel for better visibility. Information sources includes a central Toyota Touch screen, a TFT multi-information display in the instrument binnacle flanked by twin digital meters, and a 10-inch color head-up display. Other available features include a wireless charger, a heated steering wheel and ambient lighting around the driver’s cockpit.

Depending on the market, Toyota’s new supermini is available with a new 1.5-liter Hybrid Dynamic Force powertrain as well as 1.5-liter and 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engines. The headline act is the fourth-generation self-charging hybrid system, which is directly derived from the larger 2.0- and 2.5-liter ones introduced in the Corolla, Camry and RAV4.

2020 Toyota Yaris 1.5L Dynamic Force Engine with Hybrid System

The system combines a 1.5-liter Dynamic Force three-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine with an 80 PS (79 HP) electric motor and a bigger and lighter lithium-ion battery. Toyota claims the new powertrain reduces the Yaris Hybrid’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent while offering a 15 percent higher system output. Since the outgoing Yaris Hybrid is rated at 100 PS (99 HP), this means that the new one should make 115 PS (113 HP).

At least in Japan, the new hybrid system is also offered with an E-Four (electric four-wheel drive) system, a first for a subcompact car. When it comes to driving, Toyota says the 2020 Yaris is more agile and stable thanks to the lighter weight, 15 mm (0.6 in) lower center of gravity, which also helps create a more engaging driving position, wider tracks and higher body rigidity.

2020 Toyota Yaris in Japanese specification

According to its maker, the 2020 Yaris has been designed to be the world’s safest car in its segment, so it’s little surprise that it comes equipped as standard with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package which includes full speed-range intelligent adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist system, plus a center airbag to protect front occupants in case of side impact.

Toyota will continue to build the Yaris in France for European countries and Japan for the domestic and other Asian markets.


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  • A definite improvement over the previous generation. The 2nd-gen remains my favorite, though.

    • Nowan

      yeah and the 2nd gen interior was cool too

      • DanSemering

        I got that model …120 000 km no problem and the futuristing dashboard ..almost 10 years later we still love the bumblebee

  • Jason Panamera

    Interior reminds me of Ford Fiesta.

  • Matt

    Those massive rear arches makes the wheels like tiny. It doesn’t look good.

  • Finkployd

    I like that it brings back the small / curvy / sexy spirit of the first gen

  • Nowan

    the rear side view remind me of first gen Toyota Aygo

  • Evo45

    Front looks better than 3rd gen actually, I’m wondering how the posibble GRMN would look (if happens).

  • Knotmyrealname

    Overall, it’s a good looking car, but in trying to keep the (completely unattainable) ethos of the design sketch where the wheels look like they are a half metre outboard of the rest of the car, they have blindly ploughed on and kept the rear wheel arch form which has resulted in a very sorry looking rear wheel arch overhang result.
    A shame. Let it go, let it go…..

  • xrnzaaas

    It’s way overstyled just like the previous generation. Yaris I is still by far the best looking one.

  • WalthamDan

    All I see in the front is an image of a spread out black tee shirt staring back at me.

    • DetrinKD

      WOOOOOWWW!!! Hahahahaha I see it! lol

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      can’t be unseen now….

    • Craig

      With a tiny little chrome plated head. Must be the steroids.

  • salamOOn

    i like it except that front. that front is not “Less Is More Philosophy” for sure.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is awesome… except of all the things that they could’ve messed up, it’s the BADGE PLACEMENT? Come on, Toyota, this is your most mundane face ruiner, but a face ruiner nonetheless. I love it from pretty much every other angle though. This is Japanese design doneright. FINALLY.

    • Yooke36


  • Dennis Scipio

    It doesn’t look too bad.

  • Richard Taylor

    Certainly the most characterful Yaris since the mk1 model. It’s a bit Fiesta at the front and Nissan Leaf/Honda Civic at the back, but I can’t be mad at it for that when its proportions are so spot on. Looking forward to seeing these gradually replace the current Yaris wedge.

  • Enter Ranting

    I hate faux aggressive styling, especially on a little econobox. Does the grille really have to be that massive to get enough air to the 100 HP engine? What’s the 0-60 time? The more honestly-styled Honda E will kick this thing’s butt.

  • Eythan Aldrich

    Something bothers me…. I heard rumors that the Vitz name will be discontinued in this new model… If it’s true, then this will be the first Toyota model to use the global name since some Toyota models (Soarer, Celsior, Altezza, and Aristo) were now as Lexus models in Japan back in 2005 (Correct me if I’m wrong) and the second Japanese Manufacturer to discontinue their JDM model names in favor of global names since Mazda discontinues the Axela, Atenza and Demio names in favor of the Mazda3, Mazda6, and Mazda2 recently a few months ago

    • Mike S

      Interesting. I hadn’t heard that.

  • annon


    IMHO this (incl. the GRMN version for Japan) was still the best looking Yaris outa’ all of the MMC or FMC produced in France

  • Mike S

    I like it! Seeing that I have an ’09 Corolla, I won’t be having one of these soon, but would like to have a look at it. I don’t fit into the present Yaris; wonder if this new iteration will fit me? Anyway, it’s a good look, and I hope it’ll make its way to the United States.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    It looks almost….French. The back is great…don’t really care for the bodyside. interesting to see Toyota get more daring with each new model they do.

  • Bige Lee

    Is N version coming with this?

    • Eythan Aldrich

      that will be hyundai’s I think the one you’re looking for is grmn

  • Vangelis Goulis

    Designed for women! Which is not bad thing. Wouldn’t buy one even if my life depended on it!

    • SteersUright

      You’re just about 25 years too late…

  • SteersUright

    For an economy car, its got some flair. Would love to see a hot hatch version.

  • McFly

    …and the architects and designers who coined the term “less is more” turn in their graves.

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