The new 2014 Yaris, arriving this summer, marks the most significant changes to Toyota’s European sales leader since the current generation variant was launched. Going far beyond a mid-life facelift, the project brings substantial improvements in the ride, handling, comfort, NVH and engine performance across the range. The new Yaris follows the trend set by new Aygo in adopting a more distinctive look, notably a new cross-shaped arrangement of the front end with new headlight units and a new bumper, diffuser and light cluster arrangement at the rear.

At a glance, the 2014 Yaris has a distinctive exterior that displays a more dynamic execution of Toyota’s contemporary frontal design language with sharp edged detailing. The narrow upper and large trapezoidal grilles, a hallmark of Toyota’s current design, now merge at the point of the Toyota emblem to form a powerful cross shape. At the same time, the lower grille is underlined by a ‘floating’ spoiler and draws attention to the lower part of the car and its dynamic potential, ground-hugging stance and low center of gravity.

The headlights use new projector technology for high and low beams and the clusters incorporate LED daytime running lights. In profile, Yaris displays a new door belt moulding, door mirrors with an optional folding function and fresh 15 and 16-inch alloy wheels.

At the rear, a new bumper design gives the appearance of a broad, lower stance, with an integral diffuser adding to the car’s more sporting, self-confident road presence. Additionally, the rearlights feature a new LED graphic which adds to new compact’s personality.

Significant upgrades to the 2014 Yaris’ interior

Important modifications have been made in the cabin as well, with an emphasis on the quality of the materials, which look and feel better. Equipment and color choices have also been increased. The upper instrument panel has been made thinner, giving the dashboard a stronger horizontal line, and the upper surface of the driver’s instrument binnacle has been restyled to give a slimmer appearance. In conjunction with these changes, the door panel has also been redesigned with a more fluid look, a larger soft-touch area and greater functionality. The center console has been raised by 23mm so that the length of the gear lever can be reduced by 30mm, improving the ergonomics of gear changes. Yaris’s trademark sculpted central dashboard panel has gained thicker soft padding and its surface is now made of PVC with different graining patterns, depending on variant grade. Lastly, a closed storage area has also been added to the console.

Adopting the new Toyota Touch 2 multimedia systems has brought an increase in the size of the central touchscreen from 6.1 to seven inches, adding more visual emphasis to one of the features that sets Yaris apart. Around the cabin the soft-touch finishes cover a greater area. Throughout, the previous bright chrome trim has been replaced by a satin finish that gives a more modern and sophisticated appearance.

All-new seat trims are provided, with a new fabric pattern and color for each grade. The differentiation between the grades has been strengthened with the addition of new interior color schemes, with red, tan and black joining the established grey and dark grey.

Four engine options for the 2014 Toyota Yaris to fulfill the quest for ultimate efficiency

The 2014 Yaris is available with four powertrains: two petrol, one diesel and a hybrid. The 3-cylinder 1.0-liter, 1.33 VVT-i petrol and 1.4 D-4D diesel engines have undergone modifications aimed at improving performance and reducing emissions, noise and vibration. The diesel benefits from a new torque road and both feature better insulation for the exhaust system. The 1.0-liter Yaris is stipulated to have a reduced CO2 from 110 to 99 g/km, thanks to thermal efficiency.

Under the skin important modifications have been made to improve the suspension, handling and ride comfort, as well as significantly reducing noise and vibration levels.

The 2014 Toyota Yaris is offered in several variations across the grades, as well as Grade-specific interior color schemes.

Edited: Toyota