Toyota Reveals its Smallest Hatchback on Steroids- The GR Yaris

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Aaron Smith 

Automotive Journalist

February 4, 2020  at 7:37 AM

Toyota has the habit of surprising people with some superb cars. For 2020, Toyota gave the TRD treatment to its biggest sedan, the Avalon. Toyota has managed to surprise again by launching the most beefed-up version of its smallest hatchback, the Yaris, in the form of a GR version. Here is all that is to know, about this compact little hatch from Toyota.


Brilliance exists when a product is streamlined with inputs from not just the brand but by its users. Toyota Motor Corporation, formally known as Toyota showcased the all-new Toyota GR Yaris―a model version designed to perform and win the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) held at the Tokyo Auto Salon on 10th January 2020. 

Toyota initiated the pre-booking of the new Toyota Yaris GR during the launch on the 10th of January and plan to start sales by the summer of 2020. The pre-orders are being taken online for both the available versions of the Yaris GR. These versions include the Yaris GR RZ which is the first edition while a high-performance RZ is also available. The pre-booking of this sports hatch will continue till the 30th of June, 2020. 

The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) acted as the grooming school of the Yaris GR. Developing the hatch with Tommi Mäkinen Racing, the agenda of this was to build a car that can compete and win the WRC. Toyota introduced the GR Yaris as the original model of Toyota GAZOO Racing's sports car lineup.

The Toyota Yaris GR  is developed with learnings acquired through various sources and is made to perform in every road situation. Toyota’s flagship Gazoo has been in the racing business for a while now with a motto of "refine people and refine cars". Since the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo in Monaco to the present, Gazoo has come a long way in performing as the R and D flagship for Toyota in making cars perform their best. In a nutshell, the GR Yaris is meant to be a car that allows anyone to drive as one wishes with peace of mind.

The GR Yaris developed by Toyota brings a sports 4WD platform which is based on the TNGA approach. Toyota Gazoo built the GR Yaris from scratch imbibing all the learnings through the race. A highly rigid body with refined marriage between the suspension and the mill helped GR Yaris achieve dramatic performance and capabilities. A special carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic roof panel made by using the sheet moulding compound method helped Toyota achieve enough room to play around with the design aesthetics of the car. Other than this, the upper body is built with aluminum for the hood, trunk lid, and door panels. The use of carbon fibre also helped achieve desired aerodynamic capabilities while keeping the car nimble and lightweight. 

Under the hood, a 1.6-litre in-line three-cylinder direct-injection turbo engine powers the machine and is built of compact and lightweight material. Toyota has made significant efforts to bring out maximum power output from the three-cylinder engine. Power figures noted were of 200kW or 272 PS. Coupled with a six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission), the engine performs at its best bringing out the immense power and torque figures. 

In addition to this, the Toyota GR Yaris works with the newly developed  "GR-FOUR" sports 4WD system, to bring out maximum power to all four wheels of the car while minimizing the loss of power. This resulted in the freedom of choosing force distribution which eventually made it possible to achieve high levels of stability in the toughest of terrains. 

The RZ "First Edition", based on the GR Yaris' RZ grade, will come with specifications such as front grille, front side diffusers, rear spoiler, and rear bumper all painted in matte black. The production of the Toyota GR Yaris will happen at a dedicated production line at Motomachi Plant. This production plant is known to produce numerous sports machines.  


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