Toyota makes Yaris Ativ more fuel-efficient for 2020

Toyota makes Yaris Ativ more fuel-efficient for 2020

Popular B-segment sedan gets tweaked engine to cope with Ecocar II rules.

Toyota Motor Thailand has given the Yaris Ativ a mechanical update so that its B-segment sedan can cope with rivals conforming with Ecocar II rules.

The 1.2-litre petrol four-cylinder engine (3NR-FXE) appearing under the bonnet of the Yaris Ativ now has electrically operated dual variable-valve timing producing 92hp at 6,000rpm and 109Nm at 4,400rpm.

With the new addition of automatic stop/go, the Yaris Ativ is now able to achieve 23.3kpl, no more than 100g/km of CO2 and Euro 5 emission standard. Transmission is like before: CVT automatic with Sport mode.

Previously, the Yaris Ativ’s 3NR-FE motor made 86hp at 6,000rpm and 108Nm at 4,000rpm to cope with Ecocar I regs of 20kpl, 120g/km and Euro 4.

Prices have risen by 20,000-30,000 baht depending on model: 619,000 baht for High, 599,000 baht for Mid and 549,000 baht for Entry. An extra-cheap version going for less than 500k isn’t available anymore (previously called J).

The so-called GT Look is also new for the Yaris Ativ which comprises visual add-ons like skirts and spoilers. While overall kit is basically the same as ever, one new convenience item is all-round view monitor.

Unlike the three-year-old Yaris Ativ, the Yaris hatchback hasn’t got the mechanical update as it is about to reach the end of its lifecycle in its current generation. Expect the all-new hatch to be introduced early next year in Thailand.

Current Ecocar II sedans that will be updated this month include the Mazda 2 and Mitsubishi Attrage. At the same time, all-new ones will be the Honda City and Nissan Almera.

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