The Toyota Yaris Hybrid has been recently previewed ahead of its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.
According to the Japanese based automaker, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid will be powered by a 1.6 liter gasoline engine, which will be 10 percent smaller and 16 kg lighter than the 1.8 unit currently found on the Auris and on the Prius, which will be “helped” on the way by an electric motor, to develop a total output of 99 horsepower. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid will be able to return an impressive 80 mpg UK and this actually means that the model will be more efficient than its larger brothers, the Auris and the Prius, which are currently doing 74 mpg and 72 mpg UK.
There is no official word on the CO2 emissions of the upcoming Toyota Yaris Hybrid yet, but the model is expected to emit about 85 grams per kilometers, which, again, will make it “greener” than the Prius and the Auris, which are emitting 89 g/km of CO2. The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid will get the same boot space as the regular versions thanks to the batteries being placed under the rear seat, and after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the small model will be hitting dealerships for a starting price of around 15,000 GBP.