The all-new Toyota Yaris - Equipment features and safety

The all-new Toyota Yaris - Equipment features and safety

27.07.2020: EQUIPMENT FEATURES High equipment specifications, offering “class above” features Optional 10” colour head-up display, heated steering wheel and JBL premium audio system Focus on connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Androi


    High equipment specifications, offering “class above” features

    Optional 10” colour head-up display, heated steering wheel and JBL premium audio system

    Focus on connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

    Wireless smartphone charger, large enough to accommodate latest-generation handsets

Generous specifications

The quality of the new Toyota Yaris’ design and performance are matched by generous equipment specifications and the availability of features more commonly found in larger models from a class above.

Toyota expects up to 60% of sales to be of higher-grade models. This includes Mid+, the “centre of gravity” in the range; Elegant, which has a classic look; and Style, which has a more youthful and dynamic profile.

Across the range, standard features include Toyota Safety Sense, a reversing camera and an electronic parking brake. Options include Rear Cross-Traffic Alert with Auto Brake, to help safe manoeuvring out of parking spaces, a Blind Spot Monitor and Intelligent Clearance Sonars.


Colour head-up display

The new Yaris is the only model in the B-segment to offer the option of a 10-inch colour head-up display. This projects key information onto the base of the windscreen, in the driver’s line of sight, true to the car’s “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road” concept.

The data includes vehicle speed, safety warnings (linked to the Toyota Safety Sense systems), navigation support and multimedia information. The driver can select which information to view using a menu setting on the multi-information display.


Premium features

Examples of the premium quality features that can be specified for the new Yaris include an eight-speaker JBL premium audio system, a heated steering wheel and ambient blue cabin lighting in the footwells, door panels and centre console. A full LED lighting pack is also available, including fog lights.


Seamless connectivity

All new Yaris models enable seamless, wireless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing users easy access to their favourite apps using the car’s central eight-inch multimedia control screen.

Useful connected services can also be reached using the MyT Toyota app. Features include practical and useful information about Toyota, a “find my car” function and “last mile” guidance, providing step-by-step directions if you cannot park at your destination. “Send to car” allows the driver to plan their route while they are away from their vehicle and send it to their navigation system.

The app also logs driving data, so information about mileage, speed and acceleration can be retrieved at a later date. MyT can also provide reminders when the car’s service is due.


Wireless smartphone charger

A wireless smartphone charger is available for the new Yaris. Measuring 150 by 80 mm, it is large enough to accommodate the latest generation of handsets.



    Toyota’s democratisation policy provides latest Toyota Safety Sense systems standard

    New Yaris Engineered to be the safety leader in its segment

    Introduction of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including Lane Trace Assist and co-operation between Adaptive Cruise Control and Road Sign Assist functions

    Pre-Collision System gains day/night pedestrian detection, daytime cyclist detection and – first in a Toyota – Intersection Assistance and Emergency Steering Assistance

The Toyota Yaris has an impressive safety track record, the second-generation model having been the first model in its class to achieve the top five-star ranking in the European motor industry’s benchmark Euro NCAP safety testing. Subsequently the benefits of more advanced collision avoidance and driver assistance technology were made available with the introduction of Toyota Safety Sense to the range as standard in 2017 – another first for the segment.

The new Yaris takes small car safety to an unprecedented level and has been equipped to be the safest model in its segment. Its key strengths are a significant increase in body rigidity, a direct benefit of the new GA-B platform, and a leap forward two generations in Toyota Safety Sense. In fact, a number of new features and systems are making their debut in a Toyota, reaffirming Toyota’s commitment to democratising the highest safety provisions, making them as widely available as possible.

Being equipped with a data collection module, the new Yaris benefits from eCall to automatically alert the emergency services to the car’s location in the event of serious impact.


Increased body rigidity

Building new Yaris on the GA-B platform has brought about a 37% increase in the car’s torsional rigidity to the highest level in the B-segment.

This built in strength has been achieved through extra welding and bonding adhesives, additional reinforcements and the creation of robust ring structures in the body to increase stiffness (full details in the Driving Dynamics chapter, above). This added strength allows for better protection to impact forces, helping maintain the integrity of the cabin and the safety of the occupants in the event of a collision.


First Toyota with centre airbags

The new Yaris is the first Toyota to be equipped with SRS centre airbags. Fitted as standard, these deploy in the event of a side impact to help prevent the driver and front seat passenger colliding with each other.


Toyota Safety Sense

Being a small car is no barrier to the new Yaris benefiting from the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). An established pioneer it its class in the field of active safety provisions, Yaris now moves further ahead – not just benefiting from the latest-generation features but adopting a number that are appearing for the first time in a Toyota.

The Toyota Safety Sense package for the new Yaris offers more features than any other current Toyota model and is more extensive than any of its B-segment competitors, comprising:

    Pre-Collision System with vehicle detection, pedestrian detection (day/night), cyclist detection (day), Intersection Turn Assistance (vehicle and pedestrian detection), Emergency Steering Assistance

    Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (full speed range on Yaris Hybrid)

    Road Sign Assist

    Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control and Lane Trace Assist

    Automatic High-Beam


Collision avoidance support

The collision avoidance support has been upgraded with improved operation and wider functionality. Notably the vehicle-to-vehicle speed range of the Pre-Collision System PCS) has been increased to 180 km/h.

PCS also gains the ability to detect pedestrians in the car’s path, in both day and night-time driving, at speeds up to 80 km/h, and cyclists, in daylight driving.


Intersection Turn Assistance

The new Yaris is the first Toyota to benefit from Intersection Turn Assistance. This helps avoid the common risk of colliding with another vehicle or a pedestrian when making a turn at an intersection.

If the system detects an oncoming pedestrian crossing the carriageway the vehicle is about to turn into, or if there is a risk of the vehicle moving across the path of oncoming traffic, it will sound alert and, if the driver fails to respond, apply automatic emergency braking.

The function operates at speeds between 10 and 25 km/h.


Adaptive Cruise Control

The upgrades to the Toyota Safety Sense systems include the Adaptive Cruise Control on Yaris Hybrid operating at speeds from zero to 180 km/h. It will bring the car to a stop if the vehicle in front comes to a halt. If the stop is less than three seconds, restart is automatic; after a longer stop, the car can be restarted with slight pressure on the accelerator, or by pressing the ACC switch. As well as improving safety, this takes much of the stress out of driving in stop-start traffic.

The ACC will also work in conjunction with the vehicle’s Road Sign Assist, to suggest an appropriate new speed setting to the driver when changes in speed restrictions are recognised.


Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control and Lane Trace Assist

Lane Trace Assist is also provided on the Yaris for the first time, together with Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control.

If the car unintentionally leaves its traffic lane, crossing a lane marking, a warning sounds. The driver can now additionally select steering control, which automatically keeps the vehicle centred in in its lane.

The system can recognise standard white and yellow road markings, and also road margins (kerbs, grass or earth), so that steering assistance is available for more of the time, both on straight roads and through bends.

If the road markings are obscured, or can’t be detected, the system will follow the path of the vehicle ahead, while keeping within the traffic lane.


Emergency Steering Assist

Emergency Steering Assist is another Toyota safety first. It supports the driver when there is a possible collision risk with a pedestrian or obstacle in the car’s lane of traffic and they have to swerve to avoid an impact. The system provides additional steering torque to enhance vehicle stability and prevent the car from leaving its traffic lane.


Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitor

To help prevent common bumps when manoeuvring at low speed, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is available as an option, including an automatic braking function that operates if cross-traffic is detected when reversing, or a static hazard when parking. This option also includes a Blind Spot Monitor which will alert the driver to potentially unseen vehicles to either side.


Intelligent Clearance Sonar with automatic braking

The Intelligent Clearance Sonar system can help owners avoid the kind of bumps and scratches that can easily occur when parking manually and cost a lot to repair. If the ultrasonic sensors at the rear of the car detect an object that’s about to be hit, automatic braking is triggered to prevent an impact.

- Stephan Lesuisse, photos Toyota


27.07.2020 / MaP

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