Toyota has just revealed the 2020 Yaris for the American market which is a rebadged Mazda 2.
This model actually has nothing to do with the Yaris in the ASEAN market which we will be getting soon, or even the Yaris sold in Europe and Japan.
So, in case you’re confused, Toyota is actually selling three different cars with the same name in America, the ASEAN region, as well as Japan/Europe.
Coming back to the American Yaris, the car is almost identical to the Mazda 2 except for the redesigned front end which features a trapezoidal grille and full LED headlights.
Besides that, everything from the rear, the interior, including the infotainment system has been carried over lock, stock, and barrel. Only the emblems have changed.
All set to make its debut at this year’s New York Auto Show, the hatchback will be offered in two variants (XE and XLE) in the USA.
Power comes from Mazda’s 1.5-litre SkyActiv-G naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 106 hp and 140 Nm of maximum torque, which is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
While the list of standard equipment includes keyless entry, push-button start, fog lights, heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering, Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System with autonomous emergency braking, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Voice Recognition, LED headlights, and 16-inch wheels, the higher-spec XLE variant gets additional features like leather interior upholstery, automatic wipers, as well as automatic climate control.
Toyota has also revealed that there will not be a manual variant this time for the American market.
While the Mazda 2 hatchback is coming to America as the new 2020 Toyota Yaris, the Mazda 2 sedan was also rebadged and once sold in the US by Scion as the iA. However, the model is no longer being sold as the Scion brand has ceased operations in America.