2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid – 1.5L three-cylinder Dynamic Force engine, improved fuel efficiency and emissions

2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid – 1.5L three-cylinder Dynamic Force engine, improved fuel efficiency and emissions

With the 2020 Toyota Yaris having made its debut in October last year, Toyota has now released more images of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA)-based B-segment hatchback. The Yaris is the first compact model to use the platform, here named GA-B, and offers greater torsional rigidity by 30%, a 15 mm lower centre of gravity and weighs 50 kg than the previous generation, the automaker says.

The engine in the Yaris Hybrid is a 1,490 cc three-cylinder, 14:1 compression ratio Atkinson-cycle petrol engine which produces 91 hp and 120 Nm of torque, and is mated to a 79 hp/141 Nm permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and a continuously variable transmission. Fuel consumption on the combined WLTP cycle is 3.7 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions on the combined WLTP cycle is 86 g/km.

The 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine is directly derived from the 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force engines in the larger Toyota models, the automaker says, and it benefits from measures to friction and mechanical losses; balance module is also fitted to the 1.5 litre engine to reduce engine noise and vibrations. Meanwhile, the electric drive motor is fed by a 177.6 V lithium-ion battery, which Toyota says is 27% lighter than the nickel-metal hydride battery it replaces. Total output for the Yaris Hybrid is 116 hp, says Toyota.

This will be joined later on by 1.5 litre and 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engines in selected markets, with details for the internal combustion-only powertrains to be revealed at a later date, the automaker says. These will form the overall Yaris line-up, which is crowned by the performance halo that is the GR Yaris, a three-door bespoke body with a 272 PS/370 Nm 1.6 litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual and a GR-Four all-wheel drive system with two Torsen mechanical self-locking differentials.

Back to the Yaris Hybrid, the electrified hatchback will come in two driveline layouts, according to Toyota at the car’s debut in October. The hybrid hatchback will be offered as a front-wheel-drive or electric four-wheel-drive (E-Four) configurations. This influences the choice of rear suspension layout as well; while front suspension is with MacPherson struts across the board, FWD cars use a torsion beam rear axle, while AWD and E-Four AWD versions use double wishbones at the back.

Toyota aims for the Yaris to be ‘the world’s safest compact car’, and to that end employs the use of advanced passive and active safety systems, the Japanese automaker said. Advanced driver assist systems include full speed-range intelligent adaptive cruise control and the lane trace assist system; systems which will be standard on every new Yaris, the company says. In terms of passive safety, the 2020 Yaris will introduce the world’s first centre airbag, says Toyota.

Further powertrain, safety and equipment details on the 2020 Yaris will be released at a later date, says Toyota, so watch this space. The latest, fourth-generation Yaris continues to the manufactured in Europe at the company’s Toyota Manufacturing France facility in Onnaing. In the meantime, enjoy the substantial gallery of the company’s latest TNGA-based hatchback.

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Comments

  • Brillian on Feb 11, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    This design is still better than ugly jazz

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    • Honda Salesman Dont Be Too Jealous on Feb 11, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Looks like poor honda salesmen all talk badmouth p1, toyota, hyundai & mazda

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    • Mustafa Habib on Feb 12, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Where is our Iriz EV? Proton took a few billion ringgit to do extra research on hybrid technology after showcasing the Iriz EV 6 yrs ago.

      Until now, habok pun tarak

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      • Celup King on Feb 12, 2020 at 10:19 am

        Everyone is moving into electrification, even Proton has a Iriz EV pre-production prototype. Meanwhile Perodua continue to talk about how gamechanging is their ancient non-electric cars and how gamechanging will be their Kenari Hybrid but until today 17 years later, we are only hearing all these gamechanging talk but never see their gamechanging cars. We see Perodua gamechanging talk is all gameover.

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  • Not coming here because our overlords have deemed ASEAN not worthy for nice new things, not when we still have fanbois salivating at 15 years old reskinned Vios & Yaris. When we start have more consumer sense, we will then get these nice new cars.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 16 Thumb down 13
    • Mustafa Habib on Feb 12, 2020 at 7:42 am

      Nobody beats the Saga, still selling after 30 years. Redesign and try to sell to the rakyat same thing as Saga 1984.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 10
      • I see a caveman who just came out from 1984. You should be inform that Saga has made multiple model changes since 1984, Mr Caveman.

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  • Western Star on Feb 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    20% better fuel efficiency, 300% more polluting.

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  • Ben Yap on Feb 11, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    i test drive the ioniq hybrid with 141hp is underpowered. with only a mere 116hp from this yaris hybrid, the performance is even worst. when i floored the ioniq, it cannot achieve 0-100 in less than 9 seconds.

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    • But toyota is more safer than honda bro. UMW gives toyota safety sense and advanced safety features for Toyota. Even, proton also have advanced safety features for x70 & x50. But honda, is one of the unsafest car in malaysia due to no Honda sensing and no advanced safety features

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      • Enough of all this random anti-Honda cybertrooper BS. No one brought up Honda here, why you so salty?

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        • Big Liars on Feb 11, 2020 at 9:54 pm

          Enough of all this random anti-proton / anti-mazda cybertroopers. No one brought up proton/mazda in paul tan, why you so salty

          Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 1
          • Raymond on Feb 11, 2020 at 11:00 pm

            Sudah lah Wilson. At least you sticked with 1 username in the past. We readers would prefer that over your current style of trolling.

            You’re no different from that Kunta guy now.

            Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 7
    • Fake exhaust on Feb 12, 2020 at 12:36 am

      Bruh if want fast car you’re looking in the wrong class. Besides this yaris could be faster because it’s lighter, hp ain’t everything

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0
  • yawnz on Feb 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Some said 3 cylinders will goncang macam washing machine later. So better don’t buy this car.

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  • osman on Feb 12, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Bring in to Malaysia and take my money!

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  • aires on Feb 12, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Yaris far better than Iriz!

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  • Jessica L on Feb 12, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Gorgeous. I am contented with Yaris Europe Hybrid with wide body design.

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  • Li Peng on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Toyota ‘dynamic force’. Good joke… :)

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