Toyota expands Yaris

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Toyota Yaris Y20, 2019, front
Toyota Yaris Y20, 2019, side
Toyota Yaris Y20, 2019, rear
Toyota Yaris Y20, 2019, interior
Toyota Yaris GR Sport, 2019, front
Toyota Yaris GR Sport, 2019, side
Toyota Yaris GR Sport, 2019, rear
Toyota Yaris GR Sport, 2019, interior

TWO new versions of the Toyota Yaris are being launched - one to mark 20 years of the car and the other a sporty model.

The newcomers are in addition to the current line up and slot in towards the top of the range.

The Yaris Y20 comes with a bi-tone paint finish and has rear privacy glass, 16-inch alloys and dark grey fog light surrounds, side sills and front grille, plus special badging.

It's priced from £17,465 for a 1.5-litre petrol manual and is also available at an automatic for £1,000 more and a hybrid at £19,820.

The Y20 is being introduced with a limited edition run of 100 cars which are decked out in the original gold metallic colour Toyota used to launch the Yaris. This is combined with a contemporary dark grey finish for the roof, pillars and door mirror housings.

The second model is a GR Sport which hybrid only and costs from £19,835.

It is inspired by Toyota's Yaris GRMN performance model and has uprated suspension for sportier handling.

It uses Sachs Performance shock absorbers similar to those fitted to the GRMN cars and a solid - rather than hollow - anti-roll bar to gain extra rigidity.

The GR Sport is also lower to the ground with the suspension lowered by 15mm and its exterior styling follows that of the Yaris GRMN, including a black bi-tone roof with rear spoiler.

There are piano black door mouldings, a black honeycomb grille, black door mirror housings and black front fog light surrounds as well as 17-inch alloys fitted with the same Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45R17 tyres as the GRMN model.

In the cabin the sporting character is continued with GR-branded sports seats, a small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel similar to that of the Toyota GT86 coupe and there is a black headlining.

Optional red decals can be added to the front lip and the top line of the lower rear bumper for more appeal.

Toyota is also making changes to the Icon Tech grade models which are priced from £15,565 which now come with rear parking sensors while top grade Excel cars are now hybrid only and have keyless entry.

With the newcomers the Yaris line now extends to 15 models with prices running from £13,515 for 1.0-litre petrol models in Active trim to £20,095 for the hybrid Excel.

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