After dealing with the momentous launch of the Supra, Toyota now seems to be focussed on the testing & development of the next-gen Yaris hatchback.
Our international partner Quattroruote has managed to catch a couple of prototypes of the next-gen Toyota Yaris running tests on the Nürburgring. However, the interesting bit here is the fact that the two prototypes represent two different versions of the Yaris: the one wearing the standard black & white camouflage is the regular version (lead image). The prototype was spotted with a yellow sticker on its rear glass, which, according to the international convention, indicates some kind of powertrain electrification. Our guess – it could be a hybrid version.
The other prototype is arguably a hotter sport version of the hatchback, draped in the Toyota GRMN (Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring) camouflage. This is the same kind of camouflage that was earlier seen on the Supra prototypes. Apart from the Toyota performance-house cladding, other sporty credentials on the Sport prototype include flared wheel arches and larger golden-finish alloy wheels with really low-profile tyres. A closer look makes the other body changes evident. Compared to the standard hybrid version, the Sport derivative also features aggressively-styled bumpers, with larger air vents at the front & a diffuser at the rear, and a larger restyled grille.
While not much is confirmed as of now in terms of the new car's specs, some reports suggest that the next-gen car may be built on the new TNGA platform. In terms of its debut, expect Toyota to pull the wraps off the production-spec car at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in October.
As the Yaris sedan (the third-gen XP150 sold in India) has not really worked out for Toyota here, we are not too optimistic about any new-gen models of the Yaris foraying into the Indian market any time in the future.