Toyota is launching a redesigned Yaris for the 2015 model-year.
The 2015 Yaris, like the previous-generations, comes in 3-door and 5-door liftback configurations, but with an updated outside and inside appearance. Toyota states the new Yaris combines an energetic shape with a more comfortable cabin.
Toyota said the 2015 Yaris receives an aggressive new look with a horizontal chrome grill treatment that appears to continue right in to the headlamp. A larger, bolder grille opening gives this fun-to-drive car just the right touch of “attitude” in its look.
Inside, Toyota explained the Yaris driver faces a sporty new dashboard design and touches new, softer materials throughout.
Retuned suspension, a more rigid body structure, additional sound insulation and attention to aerodynamic details all help to give the 2015 Yaris a smooth, dynamic and quieter ride, added the Japanese company. With safety always at the forefront, the Yaris comes equipped with nine standard SRS airbags, including curtain shield airbags and front seat cushion airbags.
The 1.5-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder DOHC engine continues to be equipped with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and produces 106 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 103 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm.
A five-speed manual transmission, improved this year by a hydraulic clutch, is standard while an available four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission features, said Toyota, a compact, lightweight design and low friction for high fuel efficiency.
All Yaris models get the company’s Entune Audio with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity and control, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology.
Toyota added that for the first time in a Yaris, a navigation system is available as a dealer-installed option.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2015 Yaris will range from $14,485 for the three-door L with a manual transmission to $17,620 for the five-door SE with a four-speed automatic.
As is always the case with Toyota, the MSRP for the 2015 Yaris does not include the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $825. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
Fuel consumption-wise, the 2014 Yaris, powered by the same engine as the 2015, was rated at 30 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Toyota has not yet revealed the 2015’s fuel rating, but it is expected to stay very close to how it was for the 2014 model.