Toyota unveils the new GR Yaris at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon

Updated Apr 13, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Toyota's Gazoo Racing unveils the all-new 2020 Toyota GR Yaris and it's a beastly supermini that'll knock your socks off.

Toyota GR Yaris: A 276 horsepower supermini

Here in the Philippines. We’re no stranger to the Yaris model (XP150). It’s a sensible and practical vehicle because it’s based on the Toyota Vios, another sensible and practical vehicle.

Being the sensible and practical vehicles that these two are, no offense, they’re not that exciting to drive. They’ll get you from A to B and they’ll never let you down even when using them to ply EDSA the daily.

A few hours ago, at the 2020 Tokyo Motor Show, however, Toyota, specifically has unveiled a completely different Yaris. It uses the Toyota New Global Architecture, GA-B platform, it was made after that famous pronouncement by Toyota and it makes a whopping 276 horsepower and 360 NM of torque.

Toyota GR Yaris

Ladies and gents, the GR Yaris

>>> Find your next Toyota Yaris at the best price right here!

Toyota GR Yaris: Wait, but there’s more!

If you’re wondering what kind of engine it is using, get this…it’s a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-3 called the G16E-GTS and it’s built by none other than Gazoo Racing. So yeah, it’s currently the most powerful three-cylinder engine in the world right now.

Apart from that beastly engine that we still know close to nothing about, what we do know that it has an all-wheel-drive system, a limited-slip differential, a six-speed manual transmission and 18-inch wheels. So yeah, everything about it just screams PERFORMANCE.

GR Yaris

Aside from PERFORMANCE, the GR Yaris looks really smashing

With these features, the Toyota GR Yaris can reach an electronically limited top speed of 230 km/h and can accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 5 seconds.

>>> Check out: Toyota Vios vs Toyota Yaris: Practically the same car, different target market

Toyota GR Yaris: Not just about the speed

This high-performance Yaris was built in coordination with Tommi Mäkinen Racing which is, of course, bears the name of its owner, the current team principal of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team and himself a four-time World Rally Champion.

As such, the GR Yaris owes much of its abilities from rally racing know-how. So yes indeed, there’s no doubt that this monster of a hatch can rip through any race track or in rough roads in some backwoods area.

GR Yaris' interior

Here's the cockpit of the GR Yaris. It's deliciously black all around

>>> Let's update the latest Toyota Yaris Philippines price

With the GR Supra available in the Philippine market right now, we’re really hoping that the GR Yaris will be released here in the country.

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Know more about Toyota Yaris 2024

Toyota Yaris

Like its brothers in other Southeast Asian markets, the Philippine-spec Toyota Yaris is a five-door subcompact hatchback based on the Toyota Vios sedan. Locally, it is available in two variants: the Yaris E 1.3 AT and the Yaris S 1.5 AT. Toyota Yaris price Philippines starts at ₱973,000 for the entry-level E 1.3 AT, while the top-of-the-line Toyota Yaris S 1.5 AT is priced at ₱1,114,000

Both trims of the 2023 Toyota Yaris Philippines utilize a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. For both Yaris variants, both come with a continuously variable transmission with a paddle shifter manual-mode. 

Size-wise, the Toyota Yaris measures 4,140mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,500mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,550mm, and a ground clearance of 140mm. 

In the local market, the Toyota Yaris’ competitors includes the likes of the Volkswagen Santana GTS, Honda City hatchback, Mazda2, Suzuki Swift, etc. 

₱ 973,000 - ₱ 1,114,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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