Spied: Next-Gen Toyota Yaris Just Wants to Grow Up
Our ever-savvy spy shooters have caught what they believe is the next-generation Toyota Yaris B-segment car out testing its cooling and braking systems on European roads. The mule, they claim is built from both current Yaris componentry as well as that from the rest-of-the-world Auris - a slightly larger Corolla-based hatchback (we get the slightly larger Matrix in the U.S.).
The future Yaris mule, our shooters say, appears to be both wider and longer than the current car, which would help to explain some of the Auris improvisation. Rumors of hybrid and electric versions of the next-gen Yaris continue to swirl on the Web, while naysayers remark that packaging constrictions and high development and technology cost will keep this budget-minded B-seg player powered strictly by internal combustion. What we do know is that if an electric Yaris is built, it will likely not be sold in the U.S. where Toyota is said to be planning on making a version of its diminutive Scion iQ it's designated small EV.