When will the sales of the “charged” Toyota GR Yaris hatchback with a CVT begin?January 23, 2020
The leadership of the Japanese automaker is considering launching sales of a “charged” GR Yaris hatchback with a continuously variable transmission.
High-performance Japanese hatchback GR Yaris was certainly one of the most striking exhibits at the Tokyo Motor Show, which took place earlier this month, overshadowing even many tuning projects based on the legendary Supra A90 generation. More recently, we became aware that this was not the only version of the model presented that Toyota demonstrated. I must say that the novelty is quite different in technical terms.
Instead of a six-speed manual transmission, which is equipped with the usual version of a high-performance hatchback, the presented GR Yaris CVT concept, as you might have guessed, boasts a continuously variable transmission.
In addition to another gearbox, the car lost a three-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and received a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter analogue. It is reported that the power of the new engine is 118 hp. and 145 Nm, while the version of the model with a manual gearbox, these figures were equal to 257 hp and 360 Nm.
Another important change in the new product is the lack of an all-wheel drive system – Toyota GR Yaris with a CVT will transmit power to the front axle. The dynamic characteristics of the new version of the car have not yet been announced, but you can imagine that the GR Yaris with a CVT box will be slower. The presented show car has a three-door body made of aluminum and carbon fiber. At the rear is a double wishbone suspension.
It remains to be seen whether Toyota actually plans to launch a version of the GR Yaris with the CVT in production. It would be more reasonable to sell a compact hatchback with a continuously variable transmission as an initial configuration of the GR Sport. As for the hotter version of the model, which will be designated GRMN, the Japanese company has already hinted that such a car will receive more power and reduced weight.
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