Since the face is drawing too much attention, I guess we should start with that first. According to Toyota, a “cab-rearward” design gives the 2020 Yaris Hatchback a distinct hunkered-down, bulldog-like stance.
A hexagonal lower front grille and sharp LED headlamps are a reference to the aforementioned dog. Standard on all 2020 Yaris Hatchback models are 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, and a chrome tailpipe tip. The side mirrors are power-adjustable and have integrated LED turn signals, and they’re also heated for cold-weather defrosting.
The list of standard features continues with the smart key entry, push-button start, reversing camera, tilt & telescoping steering wheel, chrome interior door handles, and driver & front passenger sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors. Also included as standard is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition, and 6 speakers. Standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio comes with a 3-month All Access trial subscription.
There’s an additional 2.4-inch wheelbase compared with the previous model. The 15.9 cu.ft. (450 litres) trunk area is nearly the size found in a midsize sedan, Toyota says.
Standard safety includes 6 airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, and Brake Override System. A Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System is included as standard too. In addition, the body structure comprises 65 percent ultra-high tensile steel.
Powering the 2020 Yaris Hatchback is a 106 hp 1.5-litre in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The car also features Sport Mode for an enhanced acceleration response. A 32.2-ft. tight turning circle is also one of the key features.
Sound-absorbing material inside the tailgate, parcel shelf and spare wheel well help reduce high-frequency noise entering the cabin from the rear. The noise-insulating windshield too contributes to the comfort.
In brief, the 2020 Yaris Hatchback is a Toyota-badged Mazda2 that is not sold in the U.S. market.