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4 key features of the much-awaited Toyota GR Yaris

4 key features of the much-awaited Toyota GR Yaris
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Toyota Gazoo Racing fans will definitely rejoice with the imminent arrival of the Toyota GR Yaris. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has confirmed that the GR version of the urban hatchback will also be available in the country shortly after the launch of the Toyota Vios GR-S.

The GR Yaris originated from the battleground of the World Rally Championship (WRC). The vehicle was developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing in collaboration with Tommi Makinen Racing.

Last month, TMP revealed that the Toyota GR Yaris will be retailed at P2,650,000. Before its debut in the local market, let’s take a look at the key features of this much-awaited hatchback that will surely bring an exciting driving experience both on track and on the road.

Toyota GR Yaris

Refined design

The GR Yaris features a lower, wider, and edgier stance as compared to the traditional hatchback. The body is made of 10% aluminum which helps to make it lightweight yet rigid. The vehicle features the Gazoo Racing’s “Functional Matrix” grille which is exclusive for the GR lineup. It is designed with a large bezel that houses the supplementary brake duct and intercooler. It also comes with a large front under spoiler with a raised center part that keeps the dynamic look and regulates the airflow below.

The GR Yaris is designed with a lower carbon fiber roof for better aerodynamic performance. It is also equipped with a rear dual muffler and 18-inch forged alloy rims.

To accommodate the dynamic driving experience, the GR Yaris comes with premium sports seats, leather-wrapped GR steering wheel, and aluminum sports pedals. It is also equipped with a 4.2-inch TFT LCD screen with red pointers and red zone markers that vividly display turbo boost pressure, torque distribution, and warnings.

Newly developed 1.6L three-cylinder turbo engine

Under the GR Yaris’ hood is a 1.6-liter three-cylinder turbo engine that generates a maximum power output of 261ps at 6,500rpm and maximum torque of 360Nm between 3,000 to 4,600rpm. The powertrain is mated to a six-speed gearbox with Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). The game-changing engine enables the GR Yaris to produce a top speed of 230kph and accelerate from zero to 100kph in just 5.5 seconds.

Toyota GR Yaris interior

GR-Four 4WD system

The GR Yaris uses the all-new GR-Four system as a nod to the iconic Celica GT-Four high performance coupe. It comes with three 4WD modes: Normal, Sport, and Track. To ensure the its optimum control, the vehicle is also built with front and rear Torsen Limited-slip Differential (LSD).

For better handling and high-speed performance, the GR Yaris features a performance-tuned suspension system with MacPherson strut up front and double wishbone in the rear.

Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)

The GR Yaris comes with a set of intelligent safety features that will let you enjoy a worry-free driving experience. These include the pre-collision system (PCS) that oversees and decreases the possibility of frontal collision. The driver is notified by the system visually and audibly. The system also enables auto brake to alleviate or prevent an accident.

The vehicle also comes with dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC) that adjusts the cruising speed while keeping distance from the preceding car when driving on a straight road. If ever the preceding car drives more slowly than your set speed and you reach the set distance, DRCC will automatically adjust your speed without deactivating cruise control.

Another TSS feature on the GR Yaris is the lane departure alert (LDA) with Lane Tracing Assist (LTA). This feature makes use of the camera sensor and millimeter wave radar to avoid unintentional drifting across the lanes. Meanwhile, the LTA function helps the car to stay in the center of the lane. If ever the system detects that the vehicle is straying from its lane, the driver will be notified through an alarm and minor steering adjustments to realign the vehicle.

The GR Yaris is also equipped with automatic high beam (AHB) which is automatically activated at night and toggles between low and high beams according to the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles. This feature provides better visibility for early pedestrian or obstruction detection.

To learn more about this highly anticipated sports hatch, check out its main specs on the chart below.


Toyota GR Yaris

Overall Length (mm)


Overall Width (mm)


Overall Height (mm)


Wheelbase (mm)


Tread (mm)

Front: 1,536

Rear: 1,572

Kerb Weight (kg)


Minimum Turning Radius (m)


Fuel Capacity (L)


Engine Model


Engine Type

Three-cylinder, In-line, DOHC, Intercooler Turbo

Displacement (cc)


Maximum Power Output (ps / rpm)

261 / 6,500

Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

360 / 3,000-4,600

Acceleration (0-100 kph)

5.5 seconds

Top Speed (kph)

230 (Limited)

4WD Mode Switch

Normal, Sport, Track


Six-speed Manual Transmission with Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT)

Drive System

GR-Four Full-time Sports 4WD System

Gear Ratio

First: 3.538

Second: 2.238

Third: 1.535

Fourth: 1.162

Fifth: 1.081

Sixth: 0.902

Reverse: 3.831

Final Drive: 3.941 (First to Fourth); 3.350 (Fifth to Sixth, Reverse)


Torsen Limited-slip Differential (LSD)


Front: MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer (Performance Tuned)

Rear: Double Wishbone with Stabilizer (Performance Tuned)

Tires and Rims

225/40 R18 with BBS Forged Alloy Rims and Michelin PS4S Tires


Front: Two-piece Ventilated and Slotted Disc with Four-piston Monoblock Calipers

Rear: Ventilated and Slotted Disc with Two-piston Monoblock Calipers


Electric Power Steering (EPS)

Spare Tire

Tire Repair Kit


LED Headlamps with LED Turn Signal Lamps

Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

LED Type

Fog Lamps

Front: LED Type

Rear: LED Type

Rear Combination Lamps

LED Type

Wing Mirrors

Auto Retractable with Turn Signal Lamps

Rear Spoiler



Carbon Fiber

Exhaust System

Dual Sports Muffler


Automatic with Rain Sensor


Front: Semi Bucket Seat with Red Stitching

Rear: 60:40 Split Fold

Audio System

Display Audio with Seven-inch Capacitive Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-ready Connectivity, USB, and Bluetooth



Inside Rear View Mirror

Electrochromic Mirror

Smart Entry and Start System


Air Conditioning System

Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control

Multi-information Display (MID)

4.2-inch Color

Heads-up Display (HUD)


Steering Wheel

Leather Wrapped, Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable

Steering Wheel Switches


Shift Lever Knob

Leather Wrapped

Aluminum Foot Pedals


Power Window

Auto Up / Down with Jam Protection

Driving Video Recorder


Pre-collision System (PCS)


Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)


Lane Departure Alert (LDA)


Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)


Auto High Beam (AHB)


Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)


Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

With Brake Assist (BA)

Parking Sensors


SRS Airbags

Six (Driver, Front Passenger, Front Side, and Curtain)


Front: Three-point ELR (x2) with Pretensioner and Force Limiter

Rear: Three-point ELR (x2)

Seatbelt Reminder

Front and Rear



Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)


Window Tint

Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film


Immobilizer, Siren, and Intrusion Sensor

Vehicle Telematics System (VTS)


Available Body Colors

Platinum White Pearl, Red Mica Metallic, and Precious Black


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