The new yaris hybrid: a more aspirational design for the most efficient package in the segment
At its original launch, the Yaris quickly became nicknamed "Piccolo Genio" (Little Genius). This is a testament to a car which has been developed over successive generations in accordance with the key concept of "compact outside whilst roomy inside", consistently setting new standards in packaging ingenuity.
The Yaris Hybrid inherits all the clever DNA of the standard, third generation model, offering B segment customers an ingenious combination of small, compact packaging and a spacious, practical interior.
The Yaris Hybrid differentiates itself from the other Yaris derivatives with an exclusive, aerodynamically efficient exterior design which instantly identifies it as the flagship of the Yaris model range.
It combines a new, more aggressive, Under Priority frontal design element - the distinctive new Toyota face design execution, with a Keen Look detailing reinforced by hybrid-specific LED lights.
Flanked by aerodynamically efficient front aero corner treatments, the strong centre section of the lower bumper houses a larger, trapezoidal lower grille optimising engine bay cooling whilst emphasise the new hybrid's ground-hugging stance and low centre of gravity.
A slimmer upper grille, elegantly sculpted to highlight the hybrid-blue Toyota badge, is flanked by slim, Keen Look headlights which emphasise the new hybrid's bold, horizontal front styling. Exclusive to the Yaris Hybrid, the projector-type headlamp unit features standard chrome-plated 'eyebrows' lipped with an LED 'lightguide', and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
In profile, identified by hybrid badging and exclusive wheel designs, the new hybrid shares the stylish, cab-forward silhouette and long wheelbase profile of the standard Yaris. The exterior overall length is only 20 mm longer than the standard Yaris.
To the rear, the hybrid-blue badged tailgate incorporates a new, LED-type high mounted stop light, and clear lens combination lights incorporate a LED tail and stop lamp signature unique to the new Yaris Hybrid.
The Yaris Hybrid is available with a choice of unique 15" and 16" aerodynamic wheels, and a range of eight body colours including a model-specific new Pearl White finish execution.
Toyota pioneered this Pearl White finish, which has required the introduction of a bespoke production process at the TMMF plant where the new hybrid is built. Reinforcing the Yaris Hybrid's uniquely stylish and environmentally-conscientious design credentials, the new colour delivers a cool, high quality image (particularly in sunlight) when the soft, silken lustre of pearl is at its strongest.
On board, Yaris Hybrid customers benefit from a driver-focused cockpit with hybrid-exclusive details and trim finishes.Silver ring-trimmed three dimensional instrument dials incorporate a hybrid system indicator and feature a combination of white and blue backlighting. The centre console-mounted Toyota Touch system incorporates a hybrid energy monitor illuminated in blue as well as the dual zone air-conditioning.
The dashboard soft-touch pads and front door trims are finished in an exclusive, Ice Grey colour, and blue stitching trims the leather upholstery, steering wheel and hand brake. A unique gear lever to the hybrid derivative comes standard with blue finish on the gear knob.