Now Toyota is replacing the four-cylinder in its small sedan, the Yaris, with a three cylinder but it is of 1.5 litre capacity.
This fourth generation of the Yaris is set to be launched in August this year with hybrid and petrol models.
The petrol model has a 10 per cent increase in power to 88kW while fuel economy when driven through a CVT gearbox is 4.9 litres/100km, an improvement of at least 15 per cent – even compared with the discontinued 1.3-litre engine.
The hybrid produces a combined 85kW of power and fuel economy of 3.3 litres/100km
The new front-row centre airbag deploys between the driver and passenger so, among other things they don’t butt heads in side crashes.
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