2017 Toyota Yaris gets sharper looks and smarter engines

Toyota's 2017 Yaris is set for a Geneva Motor Show debut with a revised engine range that will be topped by a Gazoo Racing hot hatch

Toyota has revealed a heavily revised version of its Yaris hatchback for 2017, featuring a new 1.5 petrol engine and, more interestingly, a 210bhp Gazoo Racing hot hatch variant. Redesigned by Toyota’s European design team, the new Yaris employs new front and rear styling to bring the ageing model into line with the rest of the Toyota line up.

The new 2017 Toyota Yaris also introduces an all-new 1.5 naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine, replacing the old 1.33-litre unit. Unlike similar units in many rivals, the new 110bhp 1.5 banishes turbocharging for a clever VVT-iE system, and the ability to switch between Otto and Atkinson cycles to optimise efficiency and performance. This means the new engine should not only outperform the old engine in the sprint to 60mph (by 0.8 seconds), but also return a reduction in fuel consumption of 12%.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

> Best hot hatchbacks to buy now

But if you really want a Yaris that will set your hair alight, Toyota also plans on launching a 210bhp Gazoo Racing hot hatch model, giving the brand a rival for the Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTi, while simultaneously connecting the Yaris more closely with the wild-looking Gazoo Racing Yaris WRC car, which recently made its racing debut at this year's Monte Carlo Rally.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The new 2017 Yaris will be shown off at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which is when we should get a better idea of UK prices and specifications.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/toyota/yaris/201932/new-2020-toyota-gr-yaris-to-start-under-ps30000
Toyota Yaris

New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris to start under £30,000

5 Mar 2020
Visit/toyota/yaris/202068/toyota-gr-yaris-2020-review-an-early-drive-in-the-homologation-special
Toyota Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris 2020 review - an early drive in the homologation special

20 Dec 2019
Visit/toyota/yaris/201858/all-new-toyota-yaris-revealed-and-hot-gazoo-models-arent-far-behind
Toyota Yaris

All-new Toyota Yaris revealed – and hot Gazoo models aren’t far behind

17 Oct 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bentley/202227/ps15m-bentley-bacalar-revealed-in-six-new-designs
Bentley

£1.5m Bentley Bacalar revealed in six new designs

Bentley’s exclusive Mulliner brand is returning to low-volume manufacturing with the striking Bacalar convertible
3 Apr 2020
Visit/renault/9499/renault-5-gt-turbo-review-history-prices-and-specs
Renault

Renault 5 GT Turbo – review, history, prices and specs

Not as wild and bonkers as the mid-engined Turbo, the Renault 5 GT Turbo was still a rather fine hot hatch
1 Apr 2020
Visit/saloons/202421/supersaloon-face-off-old-vs-new
Saloons

Supersaloon face-off: old vs new

From the first to the very latest, we take a dive into the history of the supersaloon
4 Apr 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019