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2012 U.S.-spec Toyota Yaris Revealed

2012 U.S.-spec Toyota Yaris

The updated 2012 U.S.-spec Toyota Yaris has been unveiled this week and promises to be an important player in the subcompact segment where it will have to compete with the Mazda2 and the Ford Fiesta, among others. The car will be available in two variants: a 3-door liftback or a 5-door liftback, both of them being powered by a 1.5-liter gas engine that generates 106 hp @ 6,000 RPM and a peak torque of 103 lb.-ft available at 4,200 RPM. The power will be sent to the front wheels via the standard 5-speed manual transmission or the 4-speed automatic gearbox.

2012 U.S.-spec Toyota Yaris

The wheelbase of the new Yaris has grown in size by two inches, to a grand total of 98.8 inches, while the overall length of the car has grown to 153.5 inches, up by 2.9 inches. At the same time, the Japanese engineers lowered the height of the vehicle by 0.6 inches.

2012 U.S.-spec Toyota Yaris

According to the automaker, the luggage compartment of the 2012 Yaris has been lengthened by 5.7 inches as well as widened by 2.1 inches, which means that the 3-door variant has 64% more cargo volume while its 5-door sibling offers 68% more room for storage. With the rear seat up, the cargo room available is 15.3 cu. ft. for the 3-door model and 15.6 cu. ft for the 5-door variant.

2012 U.S.-spec Toyota Yaris

When it will go on sale, the car will be available in three different trim levels: low-end L, mid-range LE and the 5-door exclusive SE. The base price for the 2012 Toyota Yaris L (3-door variant) mated to the aforementioned 5-speed manual gearbox is $14,115, while the SE 5-door with the 4-speed automatic transmission will set you back at least $17,200.

Source: Toyota

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