The Japanese automaker has unveiled the newest 2023 Toyota Yaris in a special launch ceremony in Thailand. The new Yaris is the fourth-generation of Toyota’s sub sedan.
The new 2023 Toyota Yaris is based on Daihatsu-developed new DNGA platform that is meant to be a cost-efficient option among Toyota’s sedan lineup. Daihatsu is also owned by Toyota and both companies share technical specialties with each other. Keep in mind that the European Yaris is a hatchback which is based on Toyota’s own TNGA-B platform, and not this DNGA platform. TNGA is different from this Daihatsu platform.
The new Yaris will come with a 1200cc petrol engine and a CVT powering the front wheels of the car. This 4-cylinder naturally aspirated dual VVT-iE Toyota motor will be standard. The car is meant to be the fuel efficient option among the company’s lineup, so do not expect some big engine in the new Yaris. The motor makes 93bhp and 110Nm of torque. In Pakistan, we get a manual gearbox along with the CVT. But in case this new Yaris comes to Pakistan, expect it to be only CVT like it is in international release.
However, there will be a hybrid version of the new Yaris 2023 as well. And that will be borrowed from Toyota’s Aqua and Vitz hybrid lineup; meaning it will be powered by the 1.5L internal combustion engine coupled with Toyota’s e-CVT and hybrid system.
Where the older generation looked subtle and timid, the new gen Yaris looks much more aggressive. All the cuts, edges, and bumps in the front give an aggressive look. You get a large grille in the front garnished with new LED-driven headlights. It looks and feels like a close relative of Toyota Camry. The tail-end also looks new and sporty with the all-around LED brake lights and almost hatch-like boot lid. It is also slightly bigger than the currently available Yaris. The new 2023 Yaris is 4,425 mm in length, 1,740 mm wide, and 1,480 mm tall. It even has a longer wheelbase (2,620 mm vs 2,550 mm) as well, making it roomier than the outgoing Yaris.
Similarly, the interior of the car sees a massive upgrade as well. The new Yaris’s dashboard looks modern and sophisticated. From the steering wheel, to the new 9” media display, and the layout of the dashboard itself, all has been upgraded. You get all the modern safety features as well, like ABS+EBD, traction control, stability control, cruise control, multiple SRS airbags, to name a few.
Whether Indus Motors, the assemblers of Toyota cars in Pakistan, will bring the new Yaris in Pakistan or not, that is not known at least for now. Toyota Indus Motors has been going through some rough times lately, with the extended delays of delivering booked cars, or acquiring kits to assemble new cars in Pakistan. The State Bank of Pakistan has been hesitant in issuing the letter of credit to manufacturers in a bid to control the outflow of the US dollar. Even if Indus Motors is interested in launching the new 2023 Toyota Yaris, it won’t be anytime soon.
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