April-May 2017 News

Arriving in showrooms in May is Toyota’s facelifted Yaris, with yet another update to the small car. In addition to a revised front and rear, there’s upgrades to the interior materials for a higher quality cabin. Three-door versions have been axed, as have the diesel variants, and Toyota’s Safety Sense package, comprising of a lane departure warning system, automatic high beam and a pre-collision system, is now standard equipment on all versions. The range now consists of six trim levels – Active, Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Bi-Tone and flagship Excel. A new 110bhp 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine joins the lineup, replacing the 1.33-litre unit, but that engine doesn’t fall below the 100g/km CO2 emissions barrier, though the existing 67bhp 1.0-litre VVT-i is predicted to, despite official figures not being released so far. Completing the line-up is a 99bhp 1.5-litre Hybrid model that is expected to account for around one third of all sales, like it did in 2016. Prices start at £12,495 for the Active 1.0 VVT-i model – £75 less than before, with the top-of-the-range Excel Hybrid costing £19,295, a hike in price by a hefty £980. All models in the Yaris range come with electric front windows, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, projector headlights and a rain sensor.