21 Oct 19

Toyota Yaris: 67g/km and it’s not a plug-in hybrid

The all-new Japanese city car switches to lithium ion to cut its CO2 emissions by 20%.

The Toyota Yaris has played a crucial role in bringing hybrid driving to the masses in Europe. Almost half of the 131,000 Yaris models sold in the first six months of this year were hybrids, Toyota Europe said.

As emission targets sharpen, Toyota has decided to swap its trademark nickel metal hydride battery for a more conventional lithium-ion unit, cutting the weight by 27%. Add to that a lower and shorter body, a new platform, and a revamped 1.5 three-cylinder petrol engine boasting a 40% efficiency rate and you get a car that emits 20% less CO2 than its predecessor. 67g/km, that's class-leadingly low and could even lead you to think the battery is of the pluggable type - which is not the case. Toyota sticks to its renowned self-charging hybrid constellation.

On the inside a large infotainment screen sits on top of the dashboard, which is made of more appealing materials, says its maker. Safety-wise, Toyota claims it has developed the Yaris with the best safety performance in its class in mind. It comes with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist as standard. It is also the first compact car to have a central airbag between the front seats.

Authored by: Dieter Quartier