According to some reports, the 2017 Toyota Yaris will bring a number of subtle exterior and interior cosmetic changes. Now in its third iteration that has been around since 2011, the popular Yaris has been in production since 1999. Over the years, Toyota’s subcompact has managed to establish itself as a remarkably reliable and affordable car. However, it still lags behind its numerous rivals when it comes to driving experience, while its list of both standard and optional equipment isn’t too impressive. We believe the Japanese automaker will address these issues in the very near future. Until then, expect the Yaris to benefit from a number of mostly evolutionary changes.
2017 Toyota Yaris Exterior and Interior
The most striking feature seen on the Yaris is its gaping grille that dominates the front end. Now, the 2017 Toyota Yaris is expected to add a slightly reshaped front bumper and headlights, while the rest of the front fascia should remain unchanged. At the back, there will be no notable changes apart from revised tail-lights. The SE model will be available with distinctive fog lights, a rear spoiler, as well as aluminum-alloy wheels.
As for the interior, the Yaris will offer one of the most appealing cabins in its class. It comes replete with soft-touch surfaces and stylish cues, giving the Yaris a more upscale feel than what you’d normally expect from a vehicle in this price range. It gets a sleek dashboard with integrated Toyota’s Entune touch-screen infotainment system. However, the Yaris doesn’t include such amenities as a telescoping steering wheel, while the rear-seat passengers don’t get sufficient legroom. Also, the cargo capacity is one of the drawbacks of the current Yaris.
2017 Toyota Yaris Engine Department
Just like its predecessor, the 2017 Toyota Yaris will be powered by the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence. The engine produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque, matched either to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the automatic gearbox lags far behind the 6-speed or continuously variable transmissions offered by most of the competitors. As for the fuel economy, the Yaris delivers quite decent 30/37 mpg (city/highway).
2017 Yaris Release Date
Although the official release date for the 2017 Toyota Yaris has yet to be announced, we expect it to go sale in the fall of 2016.