Under the hood is the familiar 1.5-liter inline-four making 106 horsepower. Disappointingly, the only transmission available will be a six-speed automatic, whereas the current sedan is available with a six-speed manual transmission. But having six speeds is a massive improvement over the outgoing Yaris’s ancient four-speed automatic. Fuel economy hasn’t been announced, but expect it to get close to the Toyota Yaris sedan’s 32 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. This will be another improvement over the old Yaris hatch’s 30 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway.
Unlike the sedan, the new Yaris hatch will only be offered in LE and XLE trims, leaving out the base-level L. Every version of the car gets alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, fog lights, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic emergency braking and an infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moving up to XLE adds leatherette upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, automatic climate control and automatic LED headlights. Pricing and availability haven’t been announced, but it will likely go on sale later this year with a starting price around $17,000 like the Yaris LE sedan.