Published on July 15th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota Yaris for 2012. Will It Come To Malaysia
This is the type of Toyota we want to see in Malaysian Toyota showrooms. We are tired of the ‘safe’ Toyota products that Malaysians get officially year after year. ‘AFTA’ based excuses have left Malaysians with little choice when it comes to feature filled products from Toyota that land in neighbouring countries at competitive prices. The Yaris has always been considered as a nice and well-rounded city car, but there was no getting away from the fact that it had boring styling and lack luster performance. That issue has been addressed with the new model. It benefits from a more dynamic design and improved quality and great features.
The car is equipped with the new Toyota ‘Touch and Go’ multimedia system, including touchscreen controls, which is fitted as standard to appeal to the younger buyers. The Yaris comes in four trims of T2, TR, SR and T Spirit.
You have three choices for the engine. First there is the three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol with 68bhp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 93Nm at 3,600rpm. It does 58.9mpg. Then there’s the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine with 98bhp at 6,000rpm and, at the peak of a gentle torque curve, 125Nm, rated at 56.5mpg. And finally the 1.4-litre D-4D engine fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and with output of 89bhp at 3,800rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm between 1,800 and 2,800rpm with a fuel consumption of 72.4 mpg.
Key features of the TR include 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Toyota Touch with touchscreen audio controls, Bluetooth and rear parking camera. The SR, available exclusively with the 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine, has a sportier profile with a range of interior and exterior styling elements. Equipment highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler, front fog lamps, part-leather upholstery, rear privacy glass and lowered suspension. T Spirit focuses on premium features and is available in five-door format with the 1.3-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Principal equipment of the T Spirit grade includes a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and smart entry and start. No word from UMW Toyota on a possible introduction here in Malaysia. Sigh!