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The new Toyota Yaris not only opens a new chapter visually. A lot has also happened in terms of technology.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid.

In terms of efficiency, the Toyota Yaris has long been the only hybrid model in the small car class to date. In the fourth new edition, the Japanese are now giving their best-selling model in Europe a sporty look that breaks with the usual cuteness in the class.

However, the bigger surprises are under the chic shell.

At first glance, the interior suggests high quality with soft surfaces and fabric covers on the dashboard and door panels. Instead of oversized panels or displays, there is an instrument cluster in the classic round tube look with digital displays for drive type and speed, as well as a central multi-information display on which all relevant on-board and driving information can be called up using the steering wheel buttons. The little Japanese can really show off with its safety and comfort features. The series always includes distance radar, lane keeping, lane change and lane tracking assistants, traffic sign and drowsiness detection, a turning and emergency brake assistant that recognizes pedestrians day and night, and an emergency steering assistant. In addition, eight airbags, including one between the driver and front passenger for the first time, should help to achieve the five-star maximum rating in the future stricter specifications in the Euro NCAP crash test.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid.

New hybrid

The biggest innovations, however, can be found under the hood. The new Yaris is available with either a 1-liter petrol engine (72 hp), a 1.5-liter petrol engine with 121 hp (a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or continuously variable automatic) – or with the latest Toyota hybrid drive Generation, coupled to a new, stepless automatic. Here, too, a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with 92 hp takes over the main drive work. It is flanked by an 80 hp electric motor, which adds up to a maximum system output of 116 hp. So it’s just as quick on urban tracks as it is on country roads and the motorway. The factory consumption is only 3.7 l/100 km according to the strict WLTP standard. With an anticipatory driving style, the petrol engine is switched off whenever possible, the Yaris drives purely electrically with electricity that was previously stored via brake energy regeneration. In this way, you can cover up to 50 percent of the distance electrically – without the Yaris having to be charged at a socket beforehand. This makes everyday life just as uncomplicated as with a normal petrol engine. Prices for the new Toyota Yaris start at 17,900 francs; the hybrid version is available from 23,900 Swiss francs – including comprehensive guarantees, as they are a matter of course with every Toyota.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Engine: 3-cylinder hybrid, 1490 cm3

Power: 116 hp

Drive: front, auto CVT.

L×W×H: 3940×1745×1503mm

trunk volume: 286-768L

Weight: 1210kg

0-100km/h: 9.7 sec.

Vmax: 175km/h

Consumption factory (WLTP): 3.7L/100km

Price: from 23900 francs

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