The new Toyota Yaris is available from August this year, and Toyota are doing their very best to try and appeal to everyone with a UK grade structure that is “designed to help broaden the appeal of the model to a more diverse customer base” offering more choice, more equipment options and a whole host of advanced features for on-board comfort, communications, safety and style.
Toyota has added in some new grades to the existing Active and Icon ones - the new Sport and Excel trims – with the Yaris Hybrid available in Icon and Excel versions only. Throughout the whole range, each of the grades has its own character, each of them different with changes in details such as interior trim and materials, lower grille, wheels, seats, centre console and instrument panel.
But even with all these subtle changes in grade materials, there is no denying that the Toyota Yaris is right up there when it comes to equipment levels – at whatever level or grade you decided to stick at. (For example; supplied as standard from the Icon grade and up is a leather-trimmed steering wheel, air conditioning and the latest Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system; and on all Hybrid models and the Yaris Excel as standard we have climate control air conditioning.)
For customers not in the know, the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system is an updated hi-res 7” display version of Toyota’s touchscreen system that includes Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls, sending and receipt of text messages and audio streaming; a rear-view camera; vehicle information, including trip data, climate control profile; management of settings for door locking and lighting; a DAB digital radio as standard, with an FM link that automatically switches the system to FM reception when there is no DAB signal; and is also MirrorLink-ready, allowing users to connect compatible smartphones and operate them entirely using the touchscreen
The Toyota Touch 2 with Go is also available as an option on Icon, Sport and Excel grades, but it is worth noting that these grades already have a wide range of useful applications already that includes Toyota Real Time Traffic and services such as fuel prices, weather and parking information.
Speaking of options......
The new Toyota Yaris is available in a choice of 10 exterior colours, including not only the new Island Blue metallic but also, exclusively for Hybrid models, an Avantgarde Bronze option.
And then there are the various upgrade packs you can make use of that includes such elements as Toyota’s Skyview panoramic roof, LED daytime running lights and rear lamps, rear privacy glass, the Touch 2 with Go multimedia system, Piri Piri red interior trim on sports seats and door panels, front seat upholstery inserts and a soft-touch instrument panel.
But back to the standard UK grades and their key features
The Toyota Yaris Active sets the standard at the start with Power front windows, 6-speaker audio system with USB and Aux-in, 7 airbags, a tyre pressure monitor and Vehicle Stability Control and traction control
Then the Toyota Yaris Icon adds in 15” alloy wheels, projector headlight, body colour-matched electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors and door handles, the Toyota Touch 2, a rear-view camera, air conditioning, front fog lamps, Bluetooth, and a Leather steering wheel with audio
and phone switches.
The Yaris Excel adds to all the Icon specification with 16” silver alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, Rear LED lights, DAB radio, Part-leather seats, Cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlights and climate control.
And, finally, the Toyota Yaris Sport is adorned with all that the Active has PLUS 16” machined alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear LED lights, DAB radio, rear privacy glass, rear spoiler and rear disc brakes.
Deliveries start in August