2024 Toyota Yaris gets more powerful hybrid engine

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The popular Toyota Yaris gets a revision for 2024 that sees the hybrid engine produce an extra 10kW of power.

The Toyota Yaris has been updated for 2024, with the small hatch receiving a more powerful hybrid powertrain, as well as some improvements to its interior technology and safety systems. The model has so far been announced for Europe but Australian details have not been confirmed.

The big change is the new Hybrid engine. It’s essentially the same 1.5-litre hybrid petrol set-up that the current, fourth-generation Yaris has used since it launched here in 2020, but power has increased from 85kW to 95kW and torque from 141Nm to 185Nm.

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As you’d expect, the Hybrid 130 offers better acceleration, taking 9.2 seconds to do the 0-100km/h sprint compared to the existing Hybrid 115’s 9.7 seconds. CO2 emissions take a hit though, climbing up to 116g/km from 99g/km.

The Yaris’ original Hybrid powertrain will still be available, but the new Hybrid set-up will be made standard on top-spec GR Sport and Premium Edition models.

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Safety has improved, with Toyota introducing a new camera and radar system that can scan further and wider than before. Lane keep assist has also been recalibrated for a more ‘neutral’ feeling and there’s a new ‘Overtake Prevention Support’ that stops unintentional undertaking manoeuvres.

Inside, the Yaris will now feature either a seven or 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, and a nine or 10.5-inch central touchscreen, depending on which trim level you go for. The infotainment system itself has also been tweaked for ‘a more intuitive and reactive interface’, according to Toyota, with the new Yaris equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard too.

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Toyota says the new Yaris line up will be open to order by September, with first customer deliveries expected by early 2024. In Europe, there will be a new ‘Premiere Edition’ of the Yaris, which will serve as the range-topping trim level. Premiere Edition adds a Neptune Blue two-tone paint finish, 17-inch alloy wheels, blue stitching for the seats, blue accents on the dash and door cards, and comes with the new Hybrid 130 powertrain. Australian details are yet to be confirmed.

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