There are going to be two new Toyota Yaris models in town: the stylish, street-smart Y20 and the sporty hot-looking GR Sport. The new Y20 model is a celebration of the supermini's 20th anniversary while the GR Sport has taken its inspiration from the Yaris GRMN performance hatchback.
Both new versions will take place in the current Yaris range, which offers the following grades: Active, Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Excel and Bi-tone. The Yaris remains unique in the supermini market as it offers customers the fuel-efficient, low emissions and refined performance of the self-charging hybrid powertrain.
The new Yaris Y20 was revealed back in 2018 at the Paris Motor Show as a celebration of 20 years of the best-selling supermini by Toyota. The Y20 is limited to 1,998 models and 100 models are of the original gold paint colour paying a tribute to the launch of the Yaris model back in 1998.
The Y20 grade offers a strong combination of style and equipment features, including a bi-tone finish as standard with a choice of an exterior paint finish of gold, black, silver or white. To enhance the style of the Y20 the exterior features include: a dark grey roof finish, pillars and door mirror housings, rear privacy glass, 16-inch machined dark grey alloy wheels, dark grey fog light surrounds, side sills, front grille and exclusive Y20 badging.
Inside the Y20 edition the contemporary style continues with trim detailing on the steering wheel and centre console which contrasts against a satin-finish on the shift lever surround, air vents and audio speaker trims. The front sports seats have a dark and light grey upholstery with silver edgings to the head restraints, seatbacks and cushions. They are also decorated with the Y20 logo which can also be found on the left side of the dashboard.
The new Yaris GR Sport brings more sporting style and handling to the Yaris range thanks to its inspiration from the exclusive Yaris GRMN performance hatchback.
To allow the model extra handling and performance model modifications have been made to the suspension, by lowering it by 15mm with the body sitting 9mm closer to the ground to create a sportier stance. Just like the GRMN, it uses Sachs Performance shock absorbers and a solid anti-roll bar to gain extra rigidity.
Exterior styling is very similar to the Yaris GRMN. There is a black bi-tone roof, a rear spoiler. piano black door mouldings, a black honeycomb grille, black door mirror housing and black front fog light surrounds. The headlights are unique to the GR Sport with black interior detailing. Dark tinted rear privacy glass is also fitted as standard as well as GR badging. Optional red decals can be added to the front lip and the top line of the lower rear bumper to generate extra sporty visual appeal. There is also black 17-inch cast alloy wheels are exclusive to the GR Sport.
Inside the sporty style is clear to see thanks to the GR branded sports seats. A three-spoke steering wheel that is shared with the Toyota GT86 coupe and there is a black headlining. The black floor mats carry the GR logo as well, and feature contrast silver edging.
Take a look at the table below to view the available powertrains and prices for the new Yaris Y20 models and the new Yaris GR Sport.
|Y20||1.5 petrol 6MT||£17,465|
|Y20||1.5 petrol auto||£18,465|
|Y20||1.5 petrol hybrid auto||£19,820|
|GR Sport||1.5 petrol hybrid auto||£19,835|